Gloversville seeks ‘Home Town Take Over’

Officials ready application for HGTV show

GLOVERSVILLE — City officials are readying an application to HGTV’s “Home Town Take Over” for a chance to win a makeover for the city after calls from residents poured in to City Hall encouraging a submission.

“You can’t even imagine how many people have called,” said Mayor Vincent DeSantis on Thursday.

City Clerk Jennifer Mazur said she also received an overwhelming number of calls to her office and personal messages over social media from residents suggesting the city apply to an HGTV show that will select one town or city in the nation with a population of under 44,000 to makeover.

Talking over the logistics with Mazur, DeSantis said submitting an online application that asks for a brief written description of the city, up to five photos of buildings or areas in need of a renovation and an option to submit a video showing off the places that need help should be fairly manageable.

Mazur is spearheading the application from the city itself and the city has issued a call over social media encouraging residents to file personal submissions nominating the city.

“Our hope is to get the city behind this,” Mazur said. “We’re planning on putting together an application at the city level with a video and photographs of beautiful historic buildings in the city that need a facelift. That will be the main [application] that’s then supported by all of the residents’ [submissions].”

Both DeSantis and Mazur said the city will enter the competition without any expectations, pointing to the application process as an opportunity to boost morale by generating a positive buzz within the city.

“It gets our people talking about their home town,” DeSantis said. “And talking about its potential. I think it makes people feel good to do that and it’s a good example to other people in the community. The application process, I think, is a very good exercise for the people of Gloversville.”

“And if enough people submit Gloversville it may stick in the minds of the show’s producers and maybe they’ll actually consider the city,” added Mazur.

To make it easy for residents to send in an application, the city posted a link to the online form on its Facebook page in a post that includes photos of several historic buildings in need of renovation that can be copied and pasted into submissions if residents don’t want to take their own.

Less than 24 hours after the city’s Facebook post went live Mazur said it’s been exciting to watch it take off with a quickly growing number of comments, likes and shares.

“Inside of City Hall we’ve known for 13 months things were changing in a positive manner and now the city is feeling it. There is visible proof things are changing and people are starting to feel it a little more,” Mazur said. “This really started because so many people were asking us to apply and they’re definitely not letting us down.”

To submit a nomination to HGTV’s “Home Town Take Over” for a chance to win a makeover for the city visit hgtvhometowntakeover.com.