DBCC Neighborhood STAR Program
The St. Paul Neighborhood STAR Program awards loans and grants for capital improvement projects in Saint Paul Neighborhoods. Funds are awarded annually through competitive application processes. Proposals must be neighborhood-based projects designed with neighborhood representation to strengthen Saint Paul neighborhoods and address perceived and actual problems, needs and opportunities. Proposals can be a project or program that results in capital improvements in Saint Paul. Innovative proposals are encouraged, and these proposals may be generated by neighborhood and civic leaders, organizations, and businesses.
The Dayton's Bluff Community Council received funding from the City of St. Paul’s Neighborhood STAR program to provide loan/grant money to business owners for investment in capital improvements to support business growth. A $500,000 STAR investment in E. 7th Street demonstrates the City’s commitment to the area business owners. All city funding requires a 1:1 match of private investment dollars, making this a $1,000,000 investment in this important Dayton's Bluff business district. The availability of such a significant investment in a targeted area creates a flurry of simultaneous and strategically coordinated investment that decisively impacts the economic future of the district.
The Million will Make it Happen on E. 7th Street Program was a direct result of the Neighborhood STAR funds awarded to DBCC. Make it Happen is promoting change in a strategic and meaningful way that improves the bottom line of local businesses and creates a very visible positive change for the entire community. The goals of the loan/grant program are to:
- Support local business ownership of properties;
- Enhance visual appeal of building facades;
- Upgrade interiors to ensure retention of current businesses and attraction of new businesses;
- Improve business signage for visibility and esthetics;
- Provide remediation, repair or replacement of highly visible damage or blight;
- Encourage shared parking, increased parking lot efficiency and landscape amenities.