Historic District Incentives and Grants

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THE DAP IS BACK! (Downpayment Assistance Program)

The City is offering its third round of Design Assistance (DAP) funding to owners of commercial buildings located in the Xenia Downtown Historic District and several Downtown Commercial Properties located in the Waterstreet Historic District as approved by Loan Trust in March, 2014 see map (PDF)

In an effort to spur further development in Downtown Historic Xenia, the City is once again offering matching grants (50/50) of up to $20,000 to owners who want to make substantial improvements to their building, but are uncertain of what improvements to make, how to prioritize investments, and what end-uses make the most sense for their building.

Other the past eight years, this popular Design Assistance Program (and Design Code Assistance Program) grants have helped owners obtain funding from sources both public and private, and helped them realize projects they would not otherwise have thought possible.

The funding must be spent to hire a Historic Preservation Architect as listed on the Ohio History Connection’s Consultant List and meet qualifications 3 and 4 for Architecture and Historic Architecture.

DAP GUIDELINES (PDF) Updated by Loan Trust March 19, 2018 APPLICATION DUE APRIL 20, 2018 (PDF)

XENIA DOWNTOWN HISTORIC DISTRICT list of contributing properties (PDF) and Revised DCAP AREA MAP LIST APPROVED 2014Historic Preservation Consultants: History/Architecture (PDF) (Must be a 3 and a 4)

New to DAP 2018:

1. Owners may receive grants up to $20,000- with an equal owner contribution to the selected Historic Preservation Architect. (Increased from $15,000).

2. Owners may select their own historic preservation architect -- (the City will not pre-qualify). Your selected architect must be listed on the State of Ohio’s list of Consultants and must be listed as both a 3 and a 4 on that list. SHPO List of Contractors Historic Architects (PDF)

DAP Funding is competitive; not all applications will be funded in this round.

DAP Funding does not in anyway guarantee future funding from the City or any other source, but can be used as a tool for future investment, marketing tool, and as a lending vehicle.

Questions? Email Mary Crockett or call her at (937) 376-7286.