Zoe Zappas submits video for “Home Town Takeover”

Watch it here

HGTV’s hit show “Home Town” has announced a new series where their hosts, Ben and Erin Napier, renovate entire small towns. The Napiers are home renovation experts who reportedly have a heart for small-town living and a passion for restoring historic buildings.

“Last week I was sitting in our Downtown Business Improvement District meeting and someone mentioned this show in passing,” Zoe Zappas, chair of the Downtown Business Improvement District, said Wednesday. “I was interested but thought it might be one of those things that is a bit ‘pie in the sky’ and a little too convenient for it to actually be a reality for our town.”

The show criteria comes with three main requirements, all of which Atascadero meets. The first requirement is that the town have a population under 40K residents, the second asks for the town to have outstanding architecture that would benefit from revitalization and lastly that the location include a Main Street area that is in desperate need of a makeover.

“Turns out all the submission requirements basically had Atascadero written all over it!” Zappas said.
The show’s submission due date is this Friday, Feb. 7 but Zappas has already submitted one video for Atascadero that she and Mathew Covington of Several Guys worked on last week.

“They are Atascadero natives,” Zappas said of Covington and the people working at Several Guys. “As soon as I told them about it they were ready to chase this dream with me and help get Atascadero there!

The show accepts photo submissions but claims that “Video is better,” on their submission webpage, which can be found at hgtvhometownmakeover.com, but either way the more submissions the better.

Zappas created a roughly two minute long video showcasing Atascadero’s downtown, the Rotunda Building and of course, the old Printery building located behind the junior high school. The video can be viewed below.

“I can feel the hunger for better things from our community and we just need a little help pushing us in that direction,” Zappas said. “Regardless of whether or not we get picked for this new HGTV show ‘Hometown Takeover,’ I think it was a positive message to our community that we have so many great things in this town! It was a lot of fun to brag about us — we have something really special here and I hope we get the opportunity to bring this awareness to the national level!”

Big thanks to Zoe Zappas for her organization of the video production and submission to advocate for Atascadero!

The following videos are some of what we are up against in the HGTV Home Town Takeover competition, so please share this post to your friends to continue building support!

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Whitehall's HGTV Hometown Takeover Submission

The Birthplace of the U.S. Navy could really use your help, Ben and Erin. Whitehall is a historic small town in Upstate NY with a population of about 4,000 that is in need of a facelift, and the residents believe HGTV is the team for the job! After learning about #HGTVHometownTakeover, I knew I needed to spread the word immediately. You see, this is the opportunity I have been wishing to find for this small town. I believe in the potential Whitehall has to thrive as it once did in the early to mid 1900s.I was born and raised in Whitehall, and moved away shortly after graduating from Whitehall High School. After almost a decade, I decided to move back home to start over, and completely fell in love with my hometown. Whitehall is a place where people help their neighbors. I would love for that to be celebrated with a project that gives to the amazing community who reside, and travel here. Our buildings on Main Street have great bones, and are recognized as a National Historic District. Unfortunately, many buildings and store fronts on this once busy boulevard, sit vacant today.Our local Rec Center hosts little league games, and summer programs for kids, and could really use some upgrades for the community to utilize even more. We also have several historic buildings and homes that could really use a restoration to enhance curb appeal on our busiest street in town.As a community, we have struggled over the past few decades. We have watched several businesses fade away, including our only grocery store. We have had numerous problems with our local water system, most recently the village went almost an entire week without clean or running water. Help from #HGTV would mean an opportunity to attract investors and new businesses to move in to town. Achieving that goal would ultimately be the beginning to a higher quality of life for residents across the board.Ben, Erin, and the entire HGTV Team, please consider Whitehall, NY for your new series Hometown Takeover. Everyone I know is so excited at the possibility of a project of this nature, and I really think it's just what our town needs to help the process in building it back up to what it once was. We hope to see you soon! Barbara, Troy, and the rest of Whitehall, NY

Posted by Visit Whitehall NY on Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Whitehall, NY

EXCITING NEWS!!! Sallisaw, Oklahoma has entered the HGTV Hometown Takeover!! We had so much fun with this project and hope you all enjoy our video. We would like to give a major shoutout to The Mix 105.1 KXMX, Darren Girdner & Zack Hightower for all of their hard work and for producing this awesome video. Also a huge thank you to Mrs. Kerri Bauer for encouraging Sallisaw to do this project. #SallisawOklahoma #HGTV #HometownTakeover Mix 105.1 KXMX Sequoyah County Times City of Sallisaw 40/29 News — Fort Smith & Fayetteville, Arkansas 5NEWS Tulsa's Channel 8 Tulsa World

Posted by Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, February 6, 2020
Sallislaw, OK

We thank the entire Toano community for their support and efforts on our submission to HGTV. We have been waiting to post this until it has been “officially” submitted. However, their website is having technical difficulties and we have been waiting to load it but don’t want to let our community wait any longer! Make sure you share and TAG HGTV to let them know how you all feel about Toano, VA!

Posted by Toano Historical Society on Thursday, February 6, 2020
Toano, VA
Coraopolis to be considered for HGTV Home Town Takeover!

We're beyond excited to announce that Coraopolis will be considered for HGTV's Home Town Takeover project! Special thanks go to the many people who worked very hard on our submission. Check out the video and share in the #Cory pride! #HGTV #HOMETOWNTAKEOVER

Posted by Coraopolis Community Development on Thursday, February 6, 2020
Coraopolis, PA
Sweet Story

Carthage Historic Preservation works to restore the oldest house in Carthage city limits with an application to #HGTV #HometownTakeover

Posted by Carthage Historic Preservation on Thursday, February 6, 2020
Carthage, MO

Home Town Takeover…. Pick us! Pick Portales!#hgtvhometowntakeover #hometowntakeover #pickuspickportales @hgtv @hgtvhomeThank you Kayla Paulk and Jason for making this happen and all the WONDERFUL you do to support this community!

Posted by Micah Davis Thompson on Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Portales, NM

The @The Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival submits application, vies for HGTV ‘Home Town Takeover’ for Independence #hometowntakeover

Posted by ActionNews17.com on Monday, February 3, 2020
Independence, LA