If approved, businesses will be eligible for grant money to help with the restoration of building facades.
GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -
Changes could be coming to the Guntersville
downtown area, as council members look to designate the area a historic
The goal is to encourage businesses to invest
in the exterior of their buildings, making them more attractive, which in turn
would be more appealing to shoppers.
The council is expected to take up the issue
for the first time Monday night. The proposed historical district encompasses
much of the northern downtown area.
If approved, businesses will be eligible for
grant money to help with the restoration of building facades.
Officials for the historical district said
once the town is designated, it will have an immediate financial benefit to
"The buildings that have some historic
significance are entitled to the lowest property tax rate," said Jeff
McLaughlin with the Guntersville Historic Preservation Commission. "For a lot
of those businesses, it's actually going to cut their property taxes in half."
While discussion is set for Monday, formal
passage is not expected until later in June.