Changes to the exterior of any commercial property in the Takoma Park Historic District requires the approval by the City's Facade Advisory Board (FAB) prior to review by the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission. Business and property owners in the Historic District wishing to make exterior improvements should contact the City's Planning Division via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the next FAB agenda.
The FAB helps to ensure that facade designs and their maintenance are harmonious and consistent with the intended quality and character of the commercial areas of Takoma Park; provides guidance and assistance to commercial building and business owners seeking permits for facade alterations, signs and new construction work; and informs citizens and business owners of historic district benefits and requirements. In 2011, the FAB created Design Guidelines for Commercial Buildings in the City of Takoma Park (PDF.) All exterior commercial improvement projects in the City, especially the historic district, should be consistent with recommendations in the guidelines.
At least two members must be professionals such as architects, planners, and/or historians; at least two members must be building or business owners located or doing business in the Takoma Old Town and Takoma Junction commercial areas; and one member and alternate are appointed to represent Historic Takoma, Inc. The FAB generally meets the second Tuesday of every other month at 7:00 pm. The vacancy available is to be filled by an architect, planner or historian.