The Norwalk Redevelopment Agency helps build the economy in Norwalk’s Urban Core through economic development initiatives, technical assistance, and financial incentives for businesses of all sizes. Our programs are focused not only on attracting new businesses, but also on retaining and expanding existing businesses.
Norwalk’s “Adopt A Spot” program beautifies city streets and promotes local non-profits and businesses. This program is a joint effort of Keep Norwalk Beautiful (led by the Neighborhood Improvement Coordinator) and the City of Norwalk. Organizations participating in the program take responsibility for planting and maintaining a selected traffic island. Learn how to “Adopt A Spot” by reviewing the authorization form.
Design Review helps to ensure that changes to buildings in redevelopment plan or urban renewal areas of Norwalk’s Urban Core align with the design guidelines contained in Council-approved plans. The redevelopment and urban renewal areas of Norwalk are South Norwalk, West Avenue, Reed Putnam, and Wall Street. Businesses looking to construct a new building or renovate an existing building (including signage, lighting, and façade treatment) in these areas should contact the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency regarding Design Review. You can learn more and obtain necessary forms here.
The Urban Jobs Program provides real and personal property tax abatements for eligible manufacturing projects that are within Norwalk’s municipal boundaries but outside of the Enterprise Zone. The abatement benefits are identical to those provided in the Enterprise Zone, however, they are not available “by right”. The applicant must demonstrate to Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development that the availability of the benefits was an “inducement” for the applicant prior to initiating the project. Urban Jobs Program Highlights
In 1982, Connecticut was the first state in the country to establish a statewide Enterprise Zone Program with 6 approved communities. Today, there are 10 types of zone designations, with 43 participating communities across the State. South Norwalk is fortunate to be one of those communities. By-right businesses can receive tax abatements on both real and personal property. Review the information on DECD’s website.