Central Avenue Corridor Initiative

This corridor connects Dubuque’s central downtown and Historic Millwork District to the city’s North End. It features a wide variety of historic buildings offering commercial and retail opportunities on the ground floor and residential spaces on upper floors.

The goal of this initiative is the economic revitalization of the Central Avenue Corridor through community engagement, educational outreach, and community-informed storefront and streetscape design. Central Avenue Corridor stakeholders include business owners, employees, patrons, residents, landlords, social service agencies, community leaders, the City of Dubuque, and partner agencies.

Through major street and stormwater infrastructure improvements and work with our partners and the public, the Central Avenue Corridor is beginning to experience a renaissance. Continued asset mapping and business incentives for redevelopment hold promise of even greater transformation.

Housing Investment Pilot Program

The City of Dubuque's Central Avenue Corridor Housing Investment Pilot Program aims to incentivize housing improvement and creation along the Central Avenue corridor. The program grants 10-year forgivable loans of $10,000 per unit to projects that add or improve quality, affordable residential housing choices on Central Avenue from 11th to 22nd street.

To be eligible for consideration for the program a project must:

  • Be within the Central Avenue Corridor and an urban renewal area.
  • Define a specific historic redevelopment project that includes at least one historical structure.
  • Provide significant, transformational improvement of a minimum of four affordable housing unit,s or the creation of a minimum of four affordable housing units.
  • Represent a total capital investment of not less than $500,000, including purchase price of the property if not already owned at time of application.
  • Increase the assessed value of the property by at least 15%.
  • Agree that all improved or created housing units would not discriminate based on source of tenant’s income.