Preserving the real places and the real stories of Texas.

Real Places 2019: Come Home to Downtown

Breakout 1B

Day/Time: Thursday, January 17, 9:30–10:45 a.m.
Location: Creekside II, 2nd Floor
Speakers: Dr. Gary Jennings, historic downtown developer; and Douglas Moss, Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture

Every downtown wants more residential housing, but the codes are complex, buildings are old, and historic rehabilitation is not for everyone. Regulatory constraints, financing, and community perceptions all play a role in making residential redevelopment more challenging than other uses. However, there are developers who are willing to tackle these challenges for projects that make a difference in their communities. This session provides insight from several small-scale developers working on successful residential rehabilitations in Texas downtowns using both the state and federal historic tax credit programs.

The panelists will share their perspectives as developers—what motivated them to undertake their respective projects, the regulatory issues they encountered, how communities can support their efforts, and advice they have for others who want to take on their first downtown redevelopment project. Attendees will learn how to attract and support small-scale developers in their downtowns, as well as gain insight on navigating financing and code constraints in order to make residential rehabilitation projects happen.

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this activity (or many activities at this event). When CM credits are available, they are noted at the end of an activity description. More information about AICP’s CM program can be found at

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Members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) can earn continuing education credits for this activity (or many activities at this event). Texas Society of Architects (TxA) is the provider of record. When Learning Units (LU) and health, safety, and welfare (HSW) credits are available for AIA-approved courses, they are noted at the end of an activity description. More information about AIA’s continuing education program can be found at and



After more than 30 years away, Dr. Gary Jennings returned to Amarillo in 2011 and began working in historic downtown real estate development with his wife Sally. They purchased and rehabilitated the 1930 Firestone Tire Store on Southwest 10th Avenue and have now turned their attention to several 1920s apartment buildings on the same corridor. They have thoroughly enjoyed being part of downtown Amarillo’s resurgence.


Douglas Moss is a partner at Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture in New York City, a national architectural and interior design firm specializing in the design of evocative cultural, civic, and academic buildings that welcome public use. A graduate of Texas Tech University, Moss’ design practice focuses on higher education and communities. With family ties to the Taylor area, he returned in 2018 to take on the rehabilitation of two long-vacant downtown buildings.