Gaskin Avenue Historic District
In December 2022, the Douglas Historic Preservation Commission submitted a report to the Douglas Mayor and City Commission recommending the north area of Gaskin Avenue be adopted as a local historic district. The City of Douglas adopted an ordinance designating the Gaskin Avenue Local Historic District on Tuesday, January 24, 2023.
Owners and residents within the district should have received a notification letter of the designated Gaskin Avenue Local Historic District. The boundaries of the district and a property owner and address list is on file at the City of Douglas’ Community Development Department or click on a link below.
Certificate of Appropriateness
Before any work gets started involving an exterior change and or additions/add-ons, a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) is required from the HPC. This includes new construction, demolition, removal of large trees, and erection of a sign or a fence. A COA is not required for interior changes to a building and routine maintenance (painting, re-caulking windows, landscaping). If a COA is required, the application processing fee is $45. Work requiring a COA may also require a separate building permit. Applications for a COA are available at the Community Development Department office located at 211 S. Gaskin Avenue (Ashley-Slater House) and on the city website. The Historic Preservation Commission will review applications monthly.
Applications for a COA are available at the Community Development Department office located at 211 S. Gaskin Avenue (Ashley-Slater House). The Historic Preservation Commission will review applications on a monthly basis. For questions regarding design review of a project, please contact the Community Development Department at (912) 383-0277.
Historic Property Incentives and Grants
Historic property owners or occupants are encouraged to search for alternative funding for rehabilitation or renovations on the property. Tax incentives and grants are available for those interested to apply.
Some incentives include the Federal Rehabilitation Investment Tax Credit, the Georgia Preferential Property Tax Assessment, and the State Income Tax Credit for Rehabilitated Historic Property. More details of incentives can obtained by visiting the Georgia Department of Community Affairs website, www.dca.ga.gov/georgia-historic-preservation-division.
The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation has grants that may be applied for on their website, www.georgiatrust.org/resources/grants-fellowships.