MILLEDGEVILLE MAIN STREET/DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
50/50 FAÇADE MATCH APPLICATION
Go online or to Planning/Code Department to complete application for Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) certificate of Appropriateness. The Planning/Code Department is located at 127 East Hancock Street, next to City Hall in Downtown Milledgeville. They can be reached by phone at 478-414-4021.
Historic Preservation Commission meets the second Thursday of each month at 5pm, in City Hall to consider proposed projects. HPC will need all project Information 15 days prior to the scheduled meeting date.
The purpose of this program is to stimulate downtown revitalization, redevelopment, economic development, and tourism development in Milledgeville. Program funds are an incentive for current owners and potential buyers of vacant and occupied buildings to restore, renovate, and repair the exteriors of their building.
The Milledgeville Main Street/Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Façade Match will provide a 50/50 investment match ratio up to a maximum of $1,500 per property, as a reimbursement once pre-approved project(s) are completed and inspected. All projects must be completed within six months of the date of the Main Street/ DDA approval letter. Additional funds may be considered for major renovations, upon written request.
The program will be open to all private businesses in the downtown Milledgeville Commercial Business District. Once available funds are pledged, no more applications will be accepted until the program is advertised again. Milledgeville Main Street will review the program each year to determine if sufficient funding is available to continue.
Examples of acceptable projects include:
– Building façade improvements (paint, brick, wood, other repair, awnings/canopies, lighting, doors, windows, etc.)
– Other restoration/renovations which meet HPC approval and the goals of revitalization will be considered, with the exception of signage.
Applications will be coordinated by the Milledgeville Main Street/DDA Executive Director. A three member panel will review each application for final approval. The panel will consist of:
– The HPC Chair
– One Main Street/DDA Board Member
– A City Department Head
The process would include:
1) Copy of completed application for Code Enforcement
2) Proof of Certificate of Appropriateness from Historic Preservation Commission
3) Code Enforcement Dept approval & work permits (if applicable)
4) On site restoration work
5) Review/Audit of finished work
6) Provide copies of paid receipts to MainStreet (within 30 days of completion)
7) Reimbursement of 50% up to a maximum of $1,500