CRA approves commercial property improvement grants for Tropical Hardware

Contact: LaShaun Middlebrooks Collier, Deputy Director of Communications,

Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency: (239) 321-7100




FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 29, 2023) – The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) recently approved a Commercial Property Improvement Matching Grant in the not-to-exceed amount of $30,183.26 for Tropical Hardware, LLC.

The property located at 2605 Cleveland Ave. in Fort Myers will use the funds for exterior paint, parking lot improvements, awning/overhang replacement and new signage.

The Cleveland Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Redevelopment Areas are still open for applications and have funds remaining for the 2023/24 cycle.

The CRA Commercial Property Improvement Grant Program is a matching grant for commercial property owners and businesses within Fort Myers redevelopment areas. The maximum potential grant available for a project in Tier I is 75 percent of the total eligible expenditure, with a maximum award of $50,000. The Fort Myers CRA has offered commercial preservation incentives/ grant programs since 2010 and grant awards are based on the availability of funds.

More information on the CRA’s Commercial Property Improvement Grant Program can be found at



Since 1984, the CRA has managed redevelopment trusts to revitalize blighted areas in the City of Fort Myers. This reinvestment can take the form of public infrastructure, residential and commercial grant programs, public arts, affordable housing development, safety initiatives and historic preservation.

If left under-resourced, parts of our city risk remaining overlooked, affecting community spirit, and slowing economic growth. This lack of redevelopment doesn’t just impact current residents—it also discourages potential new businesses and families from making our city their home.  Imagine a city where every neighborhood is a beacon of growth and community spirit—a place where residents enjoy sustainable, thriving spaces and businesses benefit from a vibrant economic environment. This is the future we’re creating. The Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency was created in 1984 by the City of Fort Myers, Florida, under Florida Statute Chapter 163. The Fort Myers City Council members, sitting as the Community Redevelopment Agency Board of Commissioners, oversee the Agency’s programs and policies. The Fort Myers CRA office is located at 1400 Jackson Street in the historical downtown River District.