Facade Grant Revision is the main topic of the DDA-HPC workshop | New

The Downtown Development Authority of Thomaston and the Historic Preservation Commission discussed future changes to the Thomaston Frontage Grant Program after the DDA suspended the program at the last meeting in June.

Economic Development Coordinator Taylor Smith led the working session and called for the creation of a joint DDA-HPC committee for the frontage grant program with two members from each council. The purpose of the committee would be to serve as a pre-production group for potential front grant applicants to take full advantage of the program.

Members of both councils were unhappy with the progress of the frontage grant and feel that it has turned into a sign grant, rather than a frontage grant. DDA Chairman Lane Coggins said: “I think we are missing a major opportunity… Hair on the Square, Upperkrust and Hometown Printers are the best examples of what a fronting grant can do.

Jessica C. Bell