As the City of Taylor Director of Community Development, Mr. Frie was responsible for the City’s downtown revitalization efforts including the Main Street Program.The Taylor Main Street Program supports the historical preservation and economic viability of the City’s downtown area, which is a Historic Downtown Business District listed on the National Register of Historic Places.The mission of the Taylor Main Street Program is to strengthen and continue preservation of the historical character of downtown by using a comprehensive approach to design, economic restructuring, organization and promotion.Some of the Main Street Program adopted incentives include:
·Main Street Facade Reimbursement Grant ProgramGrants are available on a 50/50 matching basis up to $60 per linear foot of facade per floor, with a cap of $4,500 per grant ($9,000+ total project).
·Main Street Sign Reimbursement Grant ProgramGrants are available on a 50/50 matching basis with a cap of $500 per sign grant. ($1,000+ total project).
·Main Street Paint Reimbursement Grant ProgramGrants are available on a 50/50 matching basis with a cap of $500 per paint grant. ($1,000+ total project).
·Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives ProgramThe 20% tax credit is available for buildings rehabilitated for commercial, industrial, agricultural or rental residential purposes on projects that are certified historic structures. The 10% tax credit is available for rehabilitation of non-historic, non-residential buildings built before 1936.
The City received several downtown revitalization awards by the Texas Downtown Association.The awards included:
·1999 Best New Construction - Louie Mueller
·2000 Best Rehabilitation - Investment Centers
·2001 Best Adaptive Reuse - Hair Trendz of America
·2002 Best New Construction - 4th Street Station
The Taylor Old Town Streetscape Project was completed and funded by a Statewide Transportation Enhancement (TEA 21) grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT). The $1.8 million project included the reconstruction of sidewalks and curbs to provide easier and safer access, improve crosswalks, and add lighting to brighten up downtown Taylor. Efforts also included bringing facilities up to meet standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Mr. Frie also oversaw the day-to-day operations and regular maintenance of the City dedicated Moody Museum that was listed on the National Register of Historical Places.Mr. Frie was also Project Manager for the major exterior restoration and the interior improvements completed on this historically neglected property dedicated to the City of Taylor in the 1970’s.The Moody Museum is the boyhood home of Texas’ youngest Governor, Dan Moody.The Moody Museum boasts many artifacts and furnishings that are original to the home.