There are a wide variety of resources available to property owners, businesses, non-profits seeking to lease or upgrade a commercial space in Central Market, including financing tools, technical assistance, and incentive programs. If you need more information about any of the programs in Central Market please contact Ellyn Parker at the Office of Economic & Workforce Development at (415) 554-5185 or ellyn.parker [at] sfgov.org
Non-Profit and Arts Group Assistance
Northern California Community Loan Fund provides financial and consulting services – with a focus on real estate – for nonprofit organizations.
SF Shines Façade Improvement Program makes grants for commercial façade improvements, including design services and project management.
Central Market Cultural District Loan Fund is a dedicated loan fund for Central Market; eligible projects will contribute to the stabilization and revitalization of the Central Market and Tenderloin area.
Business Owner resources and support
- SF Shines Façade Improvement Program makes grants for commercial façade improvements, including design services and project management.
- Central Market Cultural District Loan Fund is a dedicated loan fund for Central Market; eligible projects will contribute to the stabilization and revitalization of the Central Market and Tenderloin area.
- Urban Solutions maintains a database of available commercial spaces, can help property owners lease their space, and provides a variety of technical assistance to merchants.
- Working Solutions manages San Francisco’s Small Business Revolving Loan Fund, providing loans for businesses seeking to launch or expand.
- San Francisco Community Investment Fund uses New Market Tax Credits to make investments in qualifying real estate projects and businesses
- Central Market/Tenderloin Payroll Tax Exclusion exempts businesses located within the defined exclusion area from additional payroll tax as they add jobs during any six years in an eight-year period.
- California Enterprise Zone. Various benefits, including over $36,000 over five years in hiring tax credits for each qualified employee hired.
- San Francisco Enterprise Zone. A payroll tax credit for new jobs created in qualified areas.
Resources and Information for Property Owners
Historic Preservation Resources
- Historic Preservation Fund. Small grants to non-profits organizations tasked with preserving historic buildings and districts in San Francisco.
- Mills Act Historical Property Contract Program allows qualified owners to receive a property tax reduction to offset the costs of restoring and maintaining their properties.
- Federal Historic Tax Credit Program. Tax incentives for private sector investment in the rehabilitation and re-use of historic buildings.
- Resources for Permit & Entitlement Review of Historic Resources
within Central Market
- Green Finance SF. Also known as the PACE program, it helps property owners fund energy efficiency upgrades, water conservation retrofits, and on-site clean power generation projects.
- SF Energy Watch offers energy efficiency services and financial incentives to qualifying commercial customers and multifamily building owners in San Francisco.
- PG&E Efficiency Rebates. PG&E offers a variety of rebates for energy-efficient products.
This list was formulated by George Koster of George Koster Consulting.