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Garage to Storefront

  • Gresham’s Garage to Storefront program has earned national accolades for helping new and expanding businesses.

    It's opportunity – with your address on it.

    The City wants to help qualifying business owners fulfill their dreams in these target areas by waiving: 

    New or expanding businesses

    Tenant improvement incentive

    $0 in City-related fees for new tenant improvement permits for an existing vacant commercial space.

    Eligibility criteria

    • Be a new business, or
    • Be an existing Gresham business expanding by at least 10%
    • Be located within the Central Rockwood, Civic Neighborhood and Downtown boundaries
    • Occupy no more than 5,000 square feet
    • Sign an agreement with the City certifying qualification

    Property owners

    Remodel incentive

    $0 for City-related improvement permits by the property owner to remodel existing vacant commercial space.  

    Facade improvement incentive

    $0 for City-related facade improvement permits for a vacant or occupied commercial space.

    Eligibility criteria

    • Be located in Central Rockwood, Civic Neighborhood or Downtown.  
    • Be an existing building.  
    • Do not exceed 5,000 square feet for each leasable tenant space in final configuration and the building must not exceed 30,000 square feet.  
    • Sign an agreement with the City certifying qualification.  


    A business or property does not qualify for the Garage to Storefront incentive program if:  

    • It creates new construction.  
    • It is leased to a business or is a business that excludes minors during all hours of the day.  
    • It includes a drive-thru.  
    • It is a corporate or franchise store with more than three existing locations.  
    • It is a government office or agency.  

    More information

    Incentive areas

    Incentive boundary map

    • Click layers icon.
    • Under "Incentive and Grant Eligible Areas," select "Garage to Storefront Incentive."

    Contact us

    For questions or to confirm eligibility contact the Small Business Center at 503-618-2640 or