REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
The Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress (DHAP) is requesting qualifications from general contractors, specialty trades (specifically masonry restoration, carpentry, painting), and awning and sign fabricators, in order to establish a list of pre‐qualified contractors from which to solicit bids for work to be completed under the DHAP Façade Rehabilitation Grant Program.
Projects will include rehabilitation of mixed‐use buildings throughout Downtown Hazleton, including but not limited to façade restoration and commercial renovation. Project budgets are generally going to be in the range of $10,000-$15,000 or less, though some larger projects may be funded. For an example of a recently completed project, see 13 E. Broad St., Hazleton. After development of the specifications for each project, an invitation to bid will be forwarded to select contractors on the established list.
FACADE REHABILITATION PROGRAM
The objective of the façade grant program is to provide assistance for the maintenance, rehabilitation, and upgrading of existing commercial properties within downtown Hazleton. The grant program is intended to stimulate building improvements while being mindful of the historical significance and uniqueness of downtown architecture. This program is designed to enhance the appearance of the district, and indirectly, make a positive statement about downtown Hazleton’s business climate.
The matching grant program is funded by the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress (DHAP), which has been made possible by support from the First Federal Charitable Foundation. The objective of this program is to promote joint public/private action and investment, which will complement and enhance other downtown revitalization efforts.
Detailed guidance regarding specific aspects of historic building rehabilitation (masonry, windows, paint, etc.) can be found here. They can help building owners and contractors recognize and resolve common problems prior to work. The briefs are especially useful to Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program applicants because they recommend methods and approaches for rehabilitating historic buildings that are consistent with their historic character.
Preservation Briefs >>>
Guidelines for Historic Storefront Rehabilitation>>>
TAX INCENTIVES FOR PRESERVING HISTORIC PROPERTIES
The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program encourages private sector investment in the rehabilitation and re-use of historic buildings. The National Park Service and the IRS administer the program in partnership with State Historic Preservation Offices. See here>>> for more information on the program.