The Georgia Trust

FACT SHEETS: GEORGIA MAIN STREET DESIGN ASSISTANCE (MSDA)

The Georgia Trust offers design and technical assistance to Georgia’s 102 designated “Main Street” cities, as well as to other communities throughout the state, in order to encourage rehabilitation and the revitalization of Georgia’s downtowns. The program educates the public on how the appearance of any historic, non-historic, “non-contributing” or planned infill commercial structure is an irreplaceable individual piece of the overall character of each historic downtown.

How it works

The Trust’s design manager schedules and conducts free site visits at the request of local Main Street Program directors, Downtown Development Authority directors and statewide regional offices to discuss with building owners appropriate rehabilitation alternatives for these structures. The manager provides, at no charge, technical information on preservation techniques and products that would facilitate the rehabilitation work. In addition, for a nominal fee, the manager will produce a design concept consisting of a colored rendering of a building’s exterior with accompanying façade notes.Seminars, workshops, slide presentations and other materials are also offered by the design manager to inform Main Street programs, design committees, building owners, merchants and the general public about proper downtown design, historic preservation, and building rehabilitation and maintenance.

Main Street Design Assistance is a much-utilized service that has become integral to economic revitalization efforts. The office is located in Athens, Georgia. It shares facilities with and is coordinated by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Office of Downtown Development. More than 2,000 projects in more than 70 Georgia cities have benefited from The Georgia Trust’s design assistance, in the form of on-site consultations and drawings.

The Main Street Design Assistance Manager conducts site visits around the state at no charge. During this visit, the Manager can provide technical information on preservation techniques and products that will facilitate the rehabilitation work. For a nominal fee, the Manager can create a design concept consisting of a rendering of the building or site in question and descriptive notes.

Design Manager: Evan Thibeault 706-425-2926

Program made possible by a grant from The Georgia Department of Community Affairs Office of Downtown and Community Services

Georgia Trust recommendations are based on The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. The Standards are offered by the National Park Service and serve as the guide for the state historic preservation office – The Historic Preservation Division (HPD), Georgia Department of Natural Resources. HPD approves historic tax incentives, state and federal grants and environmental requirements. Assistance from The Georgia Trust at any level does not guarantee HPD approval for these programs. For further information on tax credit programs, state historic surveys and preservation grant programs contact HPD at 404-656-2840.

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