The City of Orlando’s Downtown Development Board/Community Redevelopment Agency continues to seek ways to support businesses as they begin to reopen or enhance operations responsibly as part of the state’s phased plan for reopening Florida’s economy. In turn, these efforts provide ease and convenience to our residents and visitors to experience downtown Orlando during this time.
Downtown Clean Team
The Downtown clean Team continues to assist with cleaning efforts, including graffiti removal. In an effort to keep downtown sanitized during this time, they are doing the following services in addition to their normal operational duties:
- Spraying disinfectant in the core of downtown near Orange Avenue.
- Spraying disinfectant on all lights, poles, trashcans, sidewalks, doggie stations, bus stop, and parking meters.
- Increased pressure washing
The CRA is considering hiring temporary Clean Team staff to help support the increase in clean-up and sanitation efforts and maintain pre-COVID-19 service levels.
Downtown Ambassadors will continue to monitor activity and report any damage they witness to the Orlando Police Department.
Downtown Ambassadors will be providing “touch point” disinfecting. Touch points are any surfaces in the public right-of-way that the public encounters which are not commonly disinfected on a regular basis.
Examples of areas included are crosswalk buttons, trash receptacles, animal waste bag dispensers and receptacles, bicycle racks, parking meters and parking payment machines, light poles, and public seating areas.
Free Parking: Park DTO
For a limited time, you can enjoy on-street parking and garage parking inside specific City of Orlando garages for FREE while dining and shopping downtown thanks to the Park DTO Program. Downtown businesses are working to recover from the impacts of COVID-19, and they need your help. The Park DTO Program is designed to increase visitation and spending in downtown Orlando by temporarily funding parking costs now through February 1, 2021. For more information, click here.
Small Business Rental Assistance Program
The Small Business Rental Assistance Program, in partnership with the Orlando Economic Partnership (OEP), is part of the CRA's COVID relief efforts. We recognize that many small businesses have suffered economic injury because of COVID-19. This program will allow eligible small businesses in downtown to apply for a rent subsidy for up to $5,000 per month for a maximum of $30,000 per business. Applications will open November 4. Once applications open, they will be reviewed and evaluated by the OEP. Information on how to apply will be provided at least a week prior to the opening of the application process.
For more information on this program, click here or attend an informational webinar on Wednesday, October 28 at 10 am. Register here.
MEBA Rent Abatement
Are you a minority or woman owned business in need of rent assistance?
The Minority/Women Entrepreneur Business Assistance (MEBA) Program is a small business assistance program that was established to retain existing minority-owned businesses located within the Target Area, and to attract new minority-owned businesses to this area. The MEBA Target Area(PDF, 761KB) is more specifically described as the area bounded on the north by West Colonial Drive, on the west by South Westmoreland Drive, on the south by West Gore Street, and on the east by Interstate-4.
The Rent Abatement Program can provide qualified new and existing businesses (retail and services) within the Target Area with up to $6,000 in rent assistance for a limited period, from July 7, 2020 to February 1, 2021. Applications close on February 1, 2021 at 5 pm EST.
To learn more about eligibility and to apply, click here.
Special Event Funding Amendment
The Downtown Development Board approved an amendment to its existing Special Event Funding program. The program will now provide up to $3,000 to qualifying downtown businesses located in the Downtown Development Board boundaries(PDF, 2MB) to support reopening marketing efforts. Funds can be used toward reopening marketing efforts such as:
- Paid social media advertising
- Radio advertising
- Production of a banner or a-frame that can be placed outside your business
- And more
Approved businesses must follow federal/state/local phased opening plan/procedures and follow relevant CDC guidance when hosting any reopening activities or events.
We are no longer accepting applications for this program.
Parking: Delivery and Pick-Up Dining Options
In an effort to further support delivery and pick-up dining options, the City of Orlando is providing:
- 15 minutes of complimentary parking in designated on-street parking spaces, for use only by customers picking up to-go orders. These spaces have been signed and are shown on the map below.
- 30 minutes of complimentary parking in any on-street metered space, for restaurant vehicles and vehicles that are clearly marked for food delivery service
If you own a business and are interested in requesting a designated on-street parking space for customers picking up to-go orders, click here.
Parklets allow downtown businesses to expand their retail sales and restaurant seating operations into adjacent on-street public parking spaces. This temporary parklet program supplements the city’s initiatives to support local businesses on their path to economic recovery while fighting the pandemic.
Any restaurant or retail business within the Community Redevelopment Agency with adjacent on-street parking spaces on city right-of-way is eligible to apply. For more information, click here.
Expand Operational Space and Marketing
In an effort to help expedite a path to economic recovery and to further assist local businesses, the City of Orlando is providing opportunities for businesses to temporarily expand their operational space and market their businesses outside, without the need to obtain city permits or pay any fees.
These opportunities include:
- Allowing businesses to expand retail sales and restaurant seating into outdoor areas such as private parking lots and public rights-of-way
- Authorizing businesses to use small, farmer’s market-style 12’ x 12’ tents to accommodate for sales and seating outdoors
- Granting businesses the ability to use extra banners and signage for marketing
- Covering the costs of downtown parking to encourage residents to patronize businesses within our urban core
All programs will be available to businesses until February 1, 2021.
Coronavirus COVID-19 Update
For updated information on coronavirus/COVID-19, visit Orlando.gov/covid19