Urban Enterprise Zone
Historic Facade Incentive Grant
Housing Development Loan
Downtown Historic Facade Incentive Grant
A Downtown Historic Facade Incentive Grant is offered by the Department of Redevelopment to owners of architecturally and historically
significant commercial properties as an incentive to restore the
original character of their buildings. Historic Facade Grants will
be matched with private and public investments to assist owners
in restoring the appearance of their buildings, upgrading their
businesses, and revitalizing the economy of Terre Haute's
Downtown. Through the program, owners of significant
commercial buildings may receive up to 50% of the cost of facade
restoration as a matching grant, with a maximum of $15,000 granted
per project. Additional funds will be available for corner buildings.
Eligible buildings must:
- be at least 50 years old
- be listed in the Vigo County Interim Report of
Historic Sites and Structures
- be utilized for ground floor commercial purposes
as defined by the Terre Haute Zoning Ordinance
- be within the Central Business District Urban Renewal Area (Poplar to Cherry & Third to Ninth Streets).
Buildings fronting either side of the boundary streets shall be eligible.
- be structurally sound and weather-tight
- applicants are encouraged to also apply for federal
and state historic preservation tax credits.
- Grant funds may be used to cover 50% of the total
cost of restoration of the primary functional facade(s) of the
building, with a maximum of $15,000 granted per project. For corner
buildings with two functional facades, a maximum of $30,000 may
be granted. An owner may not receive grants for more than 3 buildings.
- Applicants must match the grant amount with funding
from other sources, public or private. Funds spent before grant approval are not eligible as matching funds.
Applicant match funds must be spent prior to grant funds.
- Up to 10% of the grant funds may be used for
architectural design fees. Applicants are encouraged to have restoration
plans prepared by an architect.
- The building owner must agree to consult with
the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana regarding the proposed
and any subsequent facade alterations.
- All exterior facade renovations must be started
within 2 months and completed within 6 months from the date of
- The project must comply with the Secretary of
the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines
for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings. These standards have been
developed to guide the restoration of historic properties.
- The design and restoration work will be subject
to review and approval by a Design Review Committee appointed
by the Terre Haute Department of Redevelopment. The committee
shall be composed of a representative of the Historic Landmarks
Foundation of Indiana, an
architect, and a representative from the Department of Redevelopment.
The Executive Director of the Terre Haute
Department of Redevelopment shall be an ex-officio member of the committee and shall conduct
the review meetings.
Contractors may be selected by the applicant. Copies
of proposals or contracts must be provided to the Terre Haute Department of Redevelopment for inspection before execution. All contractors that perform the rehabilitation
must be licensed, bonded, and insured.
Buildings rehabilitated under this grant program will be subject
to inspection by local building code enforcement officers. Construction
specifications and work completed shall comply with all applicable
building and occupancy codes. The Indiana Historic Landmarks Foundation
will advise building owners, their architects or engineers in planning
the construction, if requested.
Public notice of the program availability will be made by newspaper
publication. Grants will be reserved for applicants on a first come,
first serve basis according to the date and time of application
until funds are exhausted. A grant reservation will expire after
3 months if the Design Review Committee has not approved construction
plans and awarded a grant.
Payment of Grant Proceeds:
Payment of grant funds shall be provided upon satisfactory completion
of the Project and after submission of all eligible costs, according
to the "Scope of Work," approved by the Design Review
Committee of the Terre Haute Department of Redevelopment.
This facade program shall be administered by the Terre Haute Department
of Redevelopment on behalf of the Terre Haute Redevelopment Commission.
The Executive Director of the Terre Haute Department of Redevelopment shall
execute all documents pertaining to the program on behalf of the
Commission. Applications are available at the Department of Redevelopment. For additional information on the Downtown Historic Facade Incentive Grant Program, please contact Phil Kesner at 812-244-2396.