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Community Development and Inner City REZ

Community Development

The Community Development Department implements or assists the City in administering the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) which funds several programs to ensure that low-to-moderate income families, persons, and areas receive benefits and opportunities that could not otherwise be made available.

Housing Programs for Residents

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER)


Inner City Residential Enterprise Zone (Inner City REZ)

The City of Hopkinsville’s Inner-City Residential Enterprise Zone is an initiative being undertaken by Hopkinsville City Council in an effort to revitalize and rehabilitate four (4) targeted inner-city residential neighborhoods and the downtown business district.  This initiative, commonly referred to as the Inner-City REZ, is being funded through a City appropriation of $500,000 per year over a five (5) year period.  

To date, the following legislation has been adopted by Hopkinsville City Council as a result of the Inner-City REZ Program:  

  • The Neighborhood Networks Ordinance provides parameters by which neighborhood groups can seek funding for programs and projects within their neighborhoods. 
  • The Abandoned Urban Properties Ordinance allows the City to tax “abandoned” properties at $1.50 per $100 assessed value in an effort to encourage property owners to make improvements to their properties. 
  • The Basic Property Maintenance Code serves as a tool for providing tenants with relief regarding sub-standard housing while also serving as a tool for requiring all properties to be maintained to a minimum standard. 
  • The Downtown 50/50 Matching Grant Program provides a reimbursement of up to $10,000 for the acquisition and restoration of properties along the main corridors in the downtown area.

The Hopkinsville and Christian County Landbank Authority, Inc. has been established to acquire and dispose of tax-delinquent properties within the Inner-City REZ area.  It is their goal to return vacant properties within the inner-city to a useful state through providing housing, economic development, or recreational spaces. 

Housing Incentive Programs for Developers

Inner City REZ Boundaries

Inner City REZ Market Study

Interagency Governmental Taskforce

Dennison Associates Report

Community Model Block Concepts

Neighborhood Network Association Websites

 Downtown Renaissance


Ordinances & Agreements

As a result of recommendations from the Inner City Advisory Committee, several ordinances have been adopted to meet the goals of the Inner City REZ program.

Landbank Authority

“Fostering the public purpose of housing, economic development, and job creation through acquisition and disposal of property in order to help revitalize the community.” 

  • Priorities, Policies, and Procedures                                                         
  • Recorded Articles of Incorporation & Bylaws                                            
  • Property List                                                                                            
  • Composite Property Map                                                                          
  • Property Maps & Pictures                                                                         
Contact Information:
Chris Covington 
Planner II
270-887-4285
ccovington@comdev-services.com