Community Development and Inner City REZ
The Community Development Department implements or assists the City
in administering the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) which
funds several programs to ensure that low-to-moderate income families,
persons, and areas receive benefits and opportunities that could not
otherwise be made available.
Inner City Residential Enterprise Zone (Inner City REZ)
The City of Hopkinsville's Inner-City Residential Enterprise Zone is
an initiative being undertaken by Hopkinsville City Council in an effort
to revitalize and rehabilitate four (4) targeted inner-city residential
neighborhoods and the downtown business district. This initiative,
commonly referred to as the Inner-City REZ, is being funded through a
City appropriation of $500,000 per year over a five (5) year period.
To date, the following legislation has been adopted by Hopkinsville City Council as a result of the Inner-City REZ Program:
- The Neighborhood Networks Ordinance provides parameters by which neighborhood groups can seek funding for programs and projects within their neighborhoods.
- The Abandoned Urban Properties Ordinance
allows the City to tax "abandoned" properties at $1.50 per $100
assessed value in an effort to encourage property owners to make
improvements to their properties.
- The Basic Property Maintenance Code
serves as a tool for providing tenants with relief regarding
sub-standard housing while also serving as a tool for requiring all
properties to be maintained to a minimum standard.
- The Downtown 50/50 Matching Grant Program
provides a reimbursement of up to $10,000 for the acquisition and
restoration of properties along the main corridors in the downtown area.
The Hopkinsville and Christian County Landbank Authority, Inc. has
been established to acquire and dispose of tax-delinquent properties
within the Inner-City REZ area. It is their goal to return vacant
properties within the inner-city to a useful state through providing
housing, economic development, or recreational spaces.
Housing Incentive Programs for Developers
Inner City REZ Boundaries
Inner City REZ Market Study
Interagency Governmental Taskforce
Dennison Associates Report
Community Model Block Concepts
Neighborhood Network Association Websites
Ordinances & Agreements
As a result of recommendations from the Inner City Advisory
Committee, several ordinances have been adopted to meet the goals of the
Inner City REZ program.
"Fostering the public purpose of housing, economic development, and
job creation through acquisition and disposal of property in order to
help revitalize the community."
Inner-City REZ Coordinator