The Gonzales Main Street seeks to improve the image and enhance the economic sustainability of the Gonzales Main Street District by stimulating Historic Preservation through funds provided thru this program. Through Main Street, there are four distinct approaches to the treatment of historic properties: preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction, with accompanying guidelines for each.
If you are applying for the Main Street District grant you must meet with the Gonzales Main Street Director before the start of the project. It is encouraged that the applicant in conjunction with the Main Street Director set up an appointment for free architectural services offered through the Texas Main Street Program. Upon approval of a grant application, and during the implementation of the improvements, the Main Street Director and/or a representative of the City of Gonzales shall be granted the right to inspect the improvement work in progress and upon completion.
The Main Street Director will review the application and may make recommendations to the applicant regarding the historical appropriateness of the work proposed based on the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
The proposed improvements must follow the guidelines and standards as listed on the following websites:
As part of the grant program guidelines for the Main Street District, every reasonable effort shall be made to provide a compatible use for a property that requires minimal alteration of the building, structure or site and its environment, or to use a property for its original intended purpose. The distinguishing original qualities or character of a building, structure, or site and its environment shall not be destroyed. The removal or alteration of any historic material or distinctive architectural features will disqualify any building from this program.
All buildings, structures, and sites shall be recognized as products of their own time. Alterations that have no historical basis and which seek to create an earlier appearance shall be discouraged and may disqualify any building from this program. Changes that may have taken place in the course of time are evidence of the history and development of a building, structure, or site and its environment. These changes may have acquired significance in their own right, and this significance should be recognized and respected. Deteriorated architectural features shall be repaired rather than replaced, whenever possible. In the event replacement is necessary, the new material should match the material being replaced in composition, design, color, texture, and other visual qualities. The surface cleaning of structures shall be undertaken with the gentlest means possible. Sandblasting and other cleaning methods that will change or damage the historic building materials shall not be undertaken. Contemporary design for alteration and additions to existing properties shall not be discouraged when such alterations and additions do not destroy significant historical, architectural or cultural materials, and such design is compatible with the size, scale, color, material, and character of the property, neighborhood, or environment. Whenever possible, new additions or alterations to structures shall be done in such a manner that if such addition or alterations were to be removed in the future, the essential form and integrity of the structure would be unimpaired. New additions should be compatible to the present structure.
The GEDC Board reserves unto itself the absolute right of discretion in deciding whether or not to approve a grant relative to this application. The Economic Development Director will work closely with the Main Street Manager to ensure that applications received to meet the requirements for funding under the Development Corporation Act, Chapter 501 to 505 of the Texas Local Government Code, as amended. The Applicant accepts that all decisions relating to the award of grant funds involves subjective judgments on the part of the decision-making entity related to the aesthetics of the proposed project and the granting of award funds for said project.
Improvements to storefronts, including, but not limited to, items such as removing slipcovers, false fronts or non-historic added facades, repainting of replaced mortar joints and brick (if already previously painted), removing paint and restoring to its natural condition, reconstruction or remodeling to achieve a more historic look, restoring transform windows, replacing/restoring awnings or canopies to their historic state. In addition, landscaping (if irrigated and maintained or warranted for one year), parking lot resurfacing, striping, driveway improvement, lighting, electrical, plumbing, fencing, and other infrastructure including the installation of sprinkler systems, compliance with ADA requirements, and framing.
New signs, and renovation or removal of existing signs or preserving ghost signs.
The Main Street District matching grant is based on the following investment amounts and is capped at a maximum grant of $52,000.00:
Investment Amount and Percentage of Grant:
$20,000.00 to $35,000.00 will be reimbursed at 75%
$35,000.01 to $50,000.00 will be reimbursed at 80%
$50,000.01 and above will be reimbursed at 90%
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