The Georgia Trust

Main Street Design Assistance FAQ

 

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What is the Georgia Main Street Program?
The Georgia Main Street program offers services to help communities improve a downtown’s quality of life. Designated Georgia Main Street cities receive technical assistance and resources to assist the local community in building a stronger local economy through revitalization of the downtown area.

 

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Does The Georgia Trust administer the Georgia Main Street Program?
No, the program is administered by the Office of Downtown Development of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. The Georgia Trust Main Street Design Assistance program has been providing design and rendering assistance to the Georgia Main Street office since the inception of the Main Street program in Georgia in 1981. A grant administered by the Department of Community Affairs funds the design assistance program.

 

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What is The Georgia Trust’s Main Street Design Assistance (MSDA) program?
The Georgia Trust offers design and technical assistance to Georgia's 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.

 

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How does The Georgia Trust’s Main Street Design Assistance program work?
The Trust's design manager schedules and conducts free site visits at the request of local Main Street Program directors, Downtown Development Authority directors, statewide regional offices and building owners to discuss 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. The Georgia Trust’s Main Street Design Assistance office does not provide interior planning services.

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.

 

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Is there a cost to use the Main Street Design Assistance program?
The Trust's Main Street Design Assistance manager offers preservation related technical support free of charge. This service is available by telephone and email. Site visits, also free of charge, can be arranged, schedule permitting. Illustrative documents such as site plans and renderings are available for a modest fee, ranging from less than $100 for most individual buildings to several hundred dollars for multi-building projects or those of greater complexity.

 

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Who should I contact for more information about the Main Street Design Assistance program?
E-mail Evan Thibeault, MSDA Manager, or call him at 706-425-2926.

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