The City of Wenatchee is committed to the development and support of our grassroots neighborhood associations. Below is a listing of services developed to foster your neighborhood efforts:
- Inspections: Safety audits, fire and crime prevention, building and structural, code
- Neighborhood Improvement Plans: Help identify and realize needed neighborhood improvements including street lighting, sidewalks, safe walking paths to schools, traffic calming, landscaping or trees, blight abatement, and neighborhood identity
- Neighborhood Projects: Help with dumping and chipping during a neighborhood clean up day, a team to assist with a neighborhood bicycle safety clinic, help to bring your project to fruition utilizing the Neighborhood Matching Grant Program
- Social Opportunities: Assistance in finding a meeting place, help with street closure permits for a block party, help with identifying your neighbors (a list of property owners)
- Training: You may find a variety of needs for training and we can find facilitators to help. Some training needs may include information on how to run an effective meeting, how to carry out a project, emergency preparedness, Block Watch training, how to work with others / overcome cultural differences
- Monetary Incentives: Matching grants for improvements; major improvements to infrastructure can be included in annual budgets, money for art projects (work with Wenatchee Arts Commission and the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center), money for neighborhood parks, materials for projects, awards program, grant research and administration, help forming a local improvement district (LID) for infrastructure improvements
- Mobilize Partners to Assist in Your Effort: The list of partners for this program is both extensive and divers. The City of Wenatchee wants to bring these partners together to help accomplish your project.
In addition, we encourage your group to reach out and establish appropriate partnerships. There are some creative projects being done across the nation that include partnerships between neighborhood associations and other organizations, particularly schools. You have the ability, as a peer, to leverage the talents of your neighbors and put them to work in making our community a better place to live. The City wants to encourage, support and facilitate your efforts. Potential partners include:
- Arts Commission / Art on the Avenues
- Affordable Housing Advocates / Organizations
- Financial Institutions
- Business Districts
- Cultural Alliances
- Chelan County Public Utility District
- Chelan County Regional Jail (work crews)
- Chelan-Douglas Health District
- Chelan County Assessor (Historic Preservation / Housing Tax Incentives)
- Service Clubs
- Boy Scouts of America
- Rental Association / Landlords
- Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce
- Wenatchee Downtown Association
- Area Media
The City of Wenatchee has developed a couple of ongoing programs designed to assist your neighborhood group. These include:
Neighborhood Matching Grant Program
(Currently on hold pending an improvement in the City's budget)
One of the most popular and necessary neighborhood activities is that of clean up, and the City is able to loan the City’s chipper with employees to operate it. To sign up, contact Allison Williams, Executive Services Director at (509) 888-6216. You will need to be prepared for the following:
- Neighborhoods need to provide two volunteers for the duration of the scheduled time to help direct traffic and to get materials to the chipper.
- The location of the chipper needs to be mutually agreed upon by the City and the neighborhood, so that it is not impeding traffic or in an unsafe area.
- Chips will be given back to the neighborhood for use, if desired, but containers need to be provided.
- The chipper is allocated to each neighborhood once per year.
Housing and Historic Preservation Tax Incentive Programs
If you own a historic home or commercial building (50 years or older) and you are planning to spend 25% of the building’s value, minus land, on improvements, you may be eligible to have your property taxes put on hold for the next 10 years to allow you to recoup your investment.
Further, if you own a home or commercial building in the City’s designated urban center / residential target area, and you plan to add at least four units of multi-family housing, you may be eligible for property tax abatement. For more information on this program, contact Executive Services Director Allison Williams at (509) 888-6216.
Visit the Printed Resources page for applications for the Neighborhood Matching Grant program and important informational brochures on the programs described above.