Program Description


The Commercial Area Revitalization District program (CARD) assists communities with older downtowns or commercial centers to channel private and public investment into these targeted areas in order to redress the economic decline and physical deterioration that accompanies disinvestment. The Division of Community Services approves and helps municipalities develop and implement CARD plans.

760 CMR 13.00: CARD Regulation doc format of card2.doc

Commercial Area Revitalization Districts Information doc format of card.doc
 

Eligible Applicants


All Massachusetts municipalities that contain one or more older commercial centers that are able to demonstrate that these areas are experiencing disinvestment are eligible to apply to DHCD for a CARD designation for one or more of these areas.

Eligible Activities

Municipalities use the CARD designation to channel private and public investment into targeted areas in order to redress the economic decline and physical deterioration that accompanies disinvestment.

DHCD provides no direct funding for the CARD Program.

Selection Criteria

A CARD application must include evidence of commercial disinvestment, strategies to reverse this disinvestment, evidence that the area is predominantly commercial, evidence that plan development was publicized and that the business community was involved in the process and is committed to its implementation, consistency with other local plans, identification of a local implementing agency and adoption of the plan by the local governing body.

How to Apply

Communities interested in obtaining a CARD designation must submit a CARD application to DHCD.

Additional Resources

International Downtown Association

Downtown Research & Development Center

Community Reinvestment Act

MassDevelopment

Massachusetts Office of Business Development

National Main Street Center

State-Subsidized Environmental Insurance

Massachusetts Brownfields Redevelopment

Massachusetts Historical Commission

MassWorks Infrastructure Program


Contact

For additional information, please call the Division of Community Services at 617-573-1400.