The Downtown Memphis Commission is committed to making Downtown Memphis a better place to work, live, learn, invest, and visit. One way of measuring our ability to do so, is through our network of sidewalks. Sidewalks in disrepair impede the pedestrian’s ability to move around Downtown in a safe way and can cause negative perceptions of the walkability of Downtown. Incomplete sidewalks are dangerous to pedestrians, impede accessibility, and decrease property values. Many property owners may not be aware that, by City of Memphis ordinance, it’s the property owner’s responsibility to maintain the sidewalks along their property.
The Downtown Sidewalk Repair Grant is a financial incentive program offered in partnership by the Center City Development Corporation (CCDC) and the Downtown Mobility Authority (DMA). This matching grant is designed to help commercial property owners make sidewalk improvements to their property Downtown. This program will provide eligible property owners with a 1 to 1 leverage, meaning the grant will fund half of the total cost, up to $5,000.