Neighborhood & Housing Services Department


APPLICANT eligibility

Business or commercial property owners are eligible if the business is:

  • Located within a target area
  • Utilized for commercial purpose (NO residences or apartments). See Target Areas
  • No converted homes, mobile buildings or auto shops

If accepted into the program, owners must

  • Maintain the property for up to 60 months
  • Not make any changes to property without Operation Facelift input for up to 60 months
  • Not sell the property without Operation Facelift consultation for up to 60 months


Eligible Improvements

Operation Facelift funds facade improvement projects. All improvements must be permanent or fixed and must comply with applicable design standards, guidelines and applicable city codes. Eligible improvements may include, but are not limited to:

  • Complete facade rehabilitation
  • Replacement of broken window panes, aluminum or wood windows and broken store front glass
  • Scraping, priming, and painting of window frames, cornice and store front
  • Painting of surfaces previously painted
  • Cited interior and exterior code violations (must provide citation)
  • Unlighted or exterior lighting signage

Eligible Properties

  • Applications may be submitted for commercial properties, either owner or tenant occupied, within target area.
  • Property cannot be residential/ mixed use
  • Mixed use buildings with retail/ commercial storefront uses may be considered.

INEligible Properties

  • Properties used primarily as residences
  • Sectarian or religious facilities
  • Sexually oriented businesses
  • Check cashing agencies
  • Non-bank financial retail outlets
  • Liquor stores
  • Gun shops
  • Pawnshops

Eligible Target Areas

The Fiscal Year 2017 - 2018 selected areas are shown below.

Additional Information


In order to provide a more comprehensive approach to revitalization, the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Services  has launched target areas in commercial nodes. Operation Facelift is working through these components to offer services to their target areas.

Potential Reinvestment

Commercial properties within these areas can apply for up to $27,000 in improvements*. Applications are available annually.


Phone: 210.207.0194