The Façade Grant Committee (FGC), which is a subcommittee authorized by the ADDA, shall:
a. Review each application packet for completeness;
b. Make a determination regarding eligibility;
c. Classify the project as either a minor or major improvement to set the timeline for completion; and
d. Provide a grant recommendation to the ADDA or deny the project.
Each application packet will be judged on the following standards for review:
a. Priority will be given to buildings that are historic, architecturally significant and/or visually prominent, and to buildings with inappropriately applied facades that are unsightly and in need of repair;
b. Extent to which the project advances the goals of improving building appearance;
c. Extent to which the project is compatible with the Historic Preservation Committee’s design standards and/or the characteristics of the downtown area;
d. Extent of the project’s impact upon the Downtown Athens streetscape and pedestrian atmosphere;
e. Historical/architectural significance of the building;
f. Original condition of the building and the need for the changes of the proposed project;
g. Extent to which the original building is preserved;
h. Removal of historically inappropriate alterations;
i. Prominence of the building;
j. Quality of the work proposed;
k. Level of match participation of the applicant;
l. Range of projects completed and proposed as part of the Downtown Façade Grant program;
m. Any other relevant factors deemed by the FGC to be applicable.
The public is welcome to attend the meetings of the FGC which will be held in the ADDA office as needed. The applicant is not required to attend the meeting in which his or her application is considered. The majority of the committee present will recommend approval of, deny, or table each complete application. Recommendations for façade grants will then be given to the ADDA for approval at their next Board Meeting.
Not later than two weeks after the ADDA meeting date, the applicant will receive a confirmation letter indicating the grant award decision, or in some cases, a request for additional information. In the instance of a decision to deny or table an application, the letter will indicate the Board’s reason for doing so. The ADDA reserves the right to table, deny, or request modifications in any or all application packets, in whole or in part, and to negotiate changes in the proposed project. In the case of denial by the ADDA, the applicant can address the issues identified by the committee and re-apply for a grant.