BOONVILLE, N.Y. - Just after a fire destroyed a piece of history in the Village of Boonville, HGTV announced a new show to revitalize small towns across America.
On Jan. 7, a fire destroyed five historic buildings in the heart of downtown Boonville.
HGTV’s “Home Town Takeover” is looking for small towns to restore and revitalize.
Nicole Pitt, a former NewsChannel2 multimedia journalist, who now works at Madison-Oneida BOCES, put together an audition video to send to HGTV.
"It was kind of ironic, the timing of this announcement from HGTV, it was right after the fire, they announced they were going to be doing this "Home Town Takeover," Pitt said.
Pitt is a Boonville native and after watching a part of her home town go up in flames, she knew she had to do something.
"I felt compelled and obligated as a Boonville native and just someone who loves the village, to give it a shot," Pitt said.
With so much devastation right in the heart of Boonville, "Home Town Takeover" would be a great opportunity to revitalize a piece of history that was lost of Jan. 7.
"We really value our history, and we did lose so much but we still have so much on Main Street, we just need someone to come in and help us out a little bit," Pitt said. "This is a perfect opportunity for Boonville."
Pitt and residents in Boonville are looking to renovate what they have and rebuild what they lost.
"We want it to look like Boonville, Boonville has a very specific look, it's Main Street, USA, it's two story tall buildings with beautiful architecture," Pitt said. "We want somebody to come in and rebuild that."
It would fill a void in the street, and in the hearts of the community.
"I think for the community members, it would mean a sense of hope," Pitt said.
Pitt says the response to the video has been overwhelming, but it's not necessarily surprising because so many people love Boonville.
"Our impact is so great," Pitt said. "We have people who know about Boonville from all over the world. We host these huge events every year and people have memories of Boonville, it's really special to a lot of people."
Boonville meets all the requirements for the show. The criteria for towns to give a makeover are those with less than 40,000 people, with “great architecture waiting to be revealed” and with “a Main Street that needs a facelift.” Boonville has just over 2,000 people and several historic buildings.
"When I first started to do this video, I thought this is a total shot in the dark, but it's a shot we have to take," Pitt said. "Now that it's done and it's getting the reaction, I feel like maybe we have a chance."
Feb. 7 is the last day for submissions for the show. Pitt says she expects to hear from the network sometime after that.
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