I need a brick mason on STT
Does anyone have a recommendation for a brick mason?
What exactly u need done?
I have a older building in downtown stt that has rubble filled rock walls.
I need the exterior walls repointed in some places and a complete rebuild in one corner.
If you are interested I can provide pics.
Maybe Ronnie Lockhart at Crystal Palace would know of someone or you can check with http://stthomashistoricaltrust.org
I don't know if your building qualifies but there are programs available to help with restoration.
Federal Historic Preservation Tax Break
To qualify for this incentive, an owner needs to be certain the location is registered as an historic location. If it is not already, the owner secures a certification application from the National Park Service to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Once the application is approved, the government will shoulder 20% of the amount spent on renovations via tax breaks, provided certain conditions are met. One such condition is that the property must be income generating. Renting out a room or space in the property, constructing a home office, or opening a bed and breakfast or yoga studio within the space are just some ways owners can avail of this tax break.
Easements from preservation societies
Historic property owners can get in touch with preservation societies
at the city and state levels and coordinate with them about securing an easement. Essentially, an easement is a contract between a historic property owner and a historical preservation society. The agreement rewards with owner with reduced income tax or real estate tax with the promise of maintaining the property’s historical value. An easement is a permanent contract and is filed with the property’s deed that future owners can also benefit from.
Owners who have properties that aren’t listed in the National Register of Historic Places can still apply for tax incentives for renovations. A 10% rehabilitation credit can be applied for at the National Park Service. This credit can be used for renovations to preserve a property’s historic character. Take note that this credit is only available for structures built before 1936.
Historical preservation grants
Owners who look further will find that there are also a myriad of historical preservation grants available from philanthropic organizations. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a good place to start searching. Add the Enterprise Zone through the EDA and the local Historic Preservation Office at the Department of Natural Resources. Both have great tax credit programs.
Federal Housing Administration loans
Buyers who are eyeing a historic fix-upper have some great options for funding. The Federal Housing Administration has a program to grant loans at friendly terms for historic property restoration mortgages.
Possibly architect John Euema may also know of someone as his family owns the historic Villa Santana.
Thanks for all the suggestions.
I really appreciate the support of the forum.
Let us know how it goes!