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U District Partnership Grants Aimed to Revive Commercial Properties

The U District Partnership has introduced the 2023 U District Vacant Spaces Revival Grant program. The initiative is an opportunity to use grant money to spruce up ground-floor storefronts in Seattle’s University District.

Grants from the program will provide funding to invest in fixed asset improvements, such as purchasing specialized equipment and exterior or interior renovations necessary to operate in a ground-floor commercial space.

This fund aims to defray the significant costs associated with opening a new ground-floor commercial business. The one-time funding can be used to offset the start-up costs of operating, expanding, or relocating into a vacant ground-floor commercial space in the U District.

This fund is a part of the federal ARPA program. It was awarded to the U District Partnership by the Washington State Department of Commerce to support small, BIPOC-, and women-owned businesses. The U District Partnership is Seattle’s University District’s primary place management organization.


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Jasmine Kilman is Content Director of Connect Commercial Real Estate, covering Chicago and greater Chicagoland, the Midwest, Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest. She covers industry trends, transaction deals, market research, and produces daily news stories. With experience in marketing and communications for academic nonprofits and corporate clients, including Hearst Media, Hilton, and Coldwell Banker, Kilman has written about commercial real estate, environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG), technology, healthcare, and philanthropy. She was born and raised in California and graduated with a degree in public relations. In her spare time, Kilman enjoys hiking and traveling to new locations with her family.