DANVILLE – Could Danville be the next town featured in a new HGTV television series?
That’s the hope of Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. and a number of residents and former residents who have alerted city leaders about a nationwide search for a new town for a new HGTV series titled “Home Town Takeover.”
Earlier this month, HGTV announced it was launching a nationwide call to find towns that could use some of the “Home Town” touch.
Fans of the popular HGTV series “Home Town” already know Erin and Ben Napier restore and revitalize old and historic homes in their hometown of Laurel, Miss. Ben and Erin “also have played a pivotal role in helping revitalize the city’s downtown while preserving and celebrating the town’s architectural treasures, endemic charm and historic features,” according to HGTV.
Now Ben and Erin are looking to take their show and skills on the road to another town.
According to HGTV, they are looking for a town for a “whole-town overhaul. It's all elemental to the same overarching mission — helping to create and foster a town persona that draws on its roots, history and traditions.”
Through Feb. 4, any citizen of a small town (population 40,000 or less) who loves their own hometown can go to HGTVHomeTownTakeover.com and show, tell and sell HGTV on why theirs is the one town most deserving to be featured in the special six-episode series.
Applicants are to highlight aspects of their town that make it special, fascinating, historic or unique, including distinctive features like vintage period architecture, special destinations or a classic main street.
If selected, the town's citizens can expect the rehab of multiple individual family homes and the revitalization of public spaces – parks, local diners or restaurants and outdoor recreation areas.
The show is slated to air in 2021.
“This is a big one,” Erin said on HGTV’s website. “HGTV has never, ever taken on a whole-town renovation and restoration project, and we’re so proud and excited to be leading the team that will get it done. Show us those photos and videos. Tell us what makes your town special and how you’d like us to help make it better. You may see us in your town soon.”
“Renovating one house at a time is an awesome experience. But the chance to support an entire town, where we help bring a community back to life, that’s something we’ve always wanted to try,” Ben added on HGTV’s website.
At Tuesday night's Danville City Council Public Works Committee meeting, Williams said “we have something already in the works,” when resident Julie Carlson brought up the television renovation opportunity.
He, in addition to some residents, say they think this opportunity would be great to really benefit Danville.
Williams said Second Church of Christ will help put together a video submission. A meeting on Thursday will help work out more of the details, Williams said.
He said once they have more detailed plans, they’ll ask the public to get involved with the submission.