Storefront Facade Improvement Program

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: On December 29, 2011, the California Supreme Court issued an opinion in California Redevelopment Association v. Matosantos, upholding Assembly Bill 1X 26 and invalidating Assembly Bill 1X 27 (the legislation that would have permitted redevelopment agencies to continue operation if their sponsoring jurisdiction agreed to make certain payments for the benefit of schools and special districts).

As a result, all California redevelopment agencies will be dissolved, effective February 1, 2012.

The City of Goleta has elected to take on the role of Successor Agency both for housing and non-housing functions needed to wind down the affairs of the former Redevelopment Agency.


As such, the Storefront Facade Improvement Program has been suspended at this time.

The City of Goleta is committed to improving the vitality of its Old Town Heritage District. The City of Goleta Redevelopment Agency has initiated a Pilot Storefront Façade Improvement Program (SFIP) to assist merchants and commercial property owners with exterior rehabilitation of their property. Financial assistance is being offered in the form of a one-time grant of up to $20,000 per storefront for eligible repairs and improvements. For property owners with more than one qualifying storefront, there is a maximum of three grants per property owner, or a maximum of up to $60,000 in grant assistance.

The purpose of this program is to enhance the exterior appearance of buildings in the Old Town Business District of the City of Goleta, while preserving the historic character and integrity of the existing buildings in order to help with the revitalization of Goleta Old Town.

Photo of 5718 Hollister Avenue Before
5718  Hollister Avenue (BEFORE)

Photo of 5718 Hollister Avenue After
5718 Hollister Avenue (AFTER)

The SFIP Guidelines address such items as business and property eligibility requirements, eligible activities, and the terms and conditions for financial assistance.

Please click here for the SFIP Application.

For more information please contact the City’s SFIP Project Manager at (805) 961-7568.

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