Historic Restoration Grants can help with rehabilitation efforts in downtown West Monroe

If you own property or a business in the Downtown West Monroe Historic District, you may be eligible for the Restoration Grant. 

The Louisiana Main Street Program is offering the Restoration Grant Awards to business and property owners for historic building rehabilitations in downtown historic districts throughout the state.  

Property owners and business owners can receive up to $10,000 are required to provide a 50{9141277137bc5453450963fdb680487676d6442ace802d3de9e3808585508df8} cash match. Awards range from $2,500 to $10,000. To be eligible, applicants must be property owners or tenants of commercially zoned properties within a designated Louisiana Main Street location.

The building must be listed on the National Register of Historic Places or determined eligible for listing in the Register by the State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service. Buildings 50 years old or more are eligible for listing. 

According to Downtown West Monroe manager Adrienne LaFrance-Wells, proposed improvements must follow the Secretary of State’s standards for historic buildings. 

The owner of Trenton Hall received funding through the Louisiana Main Street Program for restoration of the historic building in downtown West Monroe.

The city of West Monroe became eligible for the grant when the city was named a Louisiana Main Street Community in 2020.  

The historic Trenton Hall building in downtown West Monroe once served as the headquarters for Central Savings Bank & Trust Co.

“This is just more incentives that Louisiana Main Street provides our property owners,”  LaFrance-Wells said. “The Louisiana Main Street program is a wonderful program to be apart of because it really does help incentivize the people who are invested in the community to improve their communities.” 

Always Best Care, a home health care service which is one of the largest employers in downtown West Monroe, recently received funding through the Louisiana Main Street Program to help with restoration efforts of historic Trenton Hall. 

The company currently employs over 100 people. 

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LaFrance-Wells said the owner, Kristen Lambrecht, is trying to bring the building to a contributing resource in the historic district. 

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