Owning A Historic Building
As a property owner in Old Town Pocatello, you have an asset that should grow in value if propertly cared for and maintained. You're not in it alone. Buildings and parking lots require routine work so they will still be standing and in use a hundred years from now.
Routine items not to be overlooked:
Keep parking lots swept, shoveled and re-stripped. Seal coating will help extend the life of the asphault.
Keep sidewalks swept, shoveled and free of trash and debris.
Keep all landscaping in tip-top shape all year round. Water, mow and fertilize grass. Weed flower beds and landscape set back areas. Plant flowers and plants native to this area.
Keep wood framed windows painted and sealed. If needed, sand and repaint promptly.
Boards on windows are not acceptable unless prior approval has been obtained from the Historic Preservation Commission. Broken windows should be replaced, not boarded up.
Keep drain spouts and gutters clean and debris free.
Clean graffitti within three days. Statistics prove quick removal or painting over graffitti, depending on the surface, deters future tagging and damage.
Budget for and schedule, concrete repair, brick re-pointing, a new roof when needed, building repaint and trim. Just like with your home, curb appeal is everything. You will attract and retain tenants, they will build successful businesses and your property value will increase if you take proper care of your property.
When planning any major work to your building be sure to speak with the Historic Preservation Commission prior to the work beginning. They are familiar with the codes for a historic building and have vast knowledge and experience. They are a resource and can be very helpful. Terri Neu is the current City of Pocatello staff person serving the Commission. Terri can be reached by calling 208-234-6500.
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Resources Available For Major Renovation Projects - We Can Help!
Building Doctor Program - The program may be used for preliminary consultation with an architect to develop plans for renovation of a building located in the Business Improvement District or in the Historic Warehouse District. Click below to review the application. Completed applications should be returned to the City of Pocatello, Planning & Development Services Department.
Facade Improvement Program - Property owners have the opportunity to make improvements to buildings located in the Business Improvement District or in the Historic Warehouse District using the facade improvement loan fund and sign program. Click below to read about the programs available to property owners.
Preservation Briefs - How To Care For Your Historic Building
Shop, Dine & Play in Old Town Pocatello
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Portneuf Valley Farmers Market Open Saturdays 9am to 1pm! The Market will be open on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm through the end of October.
Haunted History Walking Tours, October 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28! Tickets are now available for October 20, 27 & 28. October 14, 21 and the VIP tour on the 28th are sold out. Click here for details and to reserve your tickets.
Trick or Treat the Old Town Streets,
Halloween! From 3-5:30pm trick-or-treat through Old Town. Our merchants will have treats for all the kids!
November First Friday Art Walk November 3! Old Town will be alive with crowds this Friday as we host the September First Friday Art Walk. Don't miss this opportunity to view and experience art by local artists as well as regional and national artists. The walk includes over twenty businesses, restaurants and galleries, some with art on display, some with the artist on hand and some providing a live demonstration. Refreshments are always available. You may also find live music along the way. All local residents and visitors are welcome. There is no charge to attend monthly Art Walks.
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