At least one Route 66 town wants to be in HGTV’s “Home Town Takeover”

A few folks in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, hope the upcoming HGVT show “Home Town Takeover” will consider their town for a full-scale renovation, and other Route 66 towns may consider applying, as well.

According to a news release from the cable channel, the show will be “the most impressive and massive renovation ever”:

Ever since Ben and Erin Napier of the hit series Home Town helped transform Laurel, Mississippi, fans from small towns across America have flooded HGTV with requests to take on the reno of their home town. Now they will get their shot at a life-changing, whole-town overhaul. Through Tuesday, Feb 4, anyone who loves their own home town can log on to to show, tell and sell the network on why their small town, with its historic architecture and classic main street, should be the one town featured in the upcoming event series Home Town Takeover.
With Ben and Erin leading the charge, the selected town, with a population less than 40,000, will witness the rehab of multiple individual family homes and the revitalization of public spaces, such as parks, local diners and recreation centers. And, the town will be featured in Home Town Takeover (fka Home Town Rescue), a six-episode series slated to premiere on HGTV in 2021.
“This is a big one,” said Erin. “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.”

According to KTUL-TV in nearby Tulsa, Sapulpa’s leaders want the show in their town:

Some of the town’s highlights include Route 66 and buildings that date back to over a century ago.
“It’s an iconic little town,” said Joan Riley, the city manager. “I think we’re already to the point where the town just needs that push.” […]
Terri Fain, owner of Heart of Route 66 Vintage Market, said downtown has so much potential, but it’s just not there yet.
“We’ve been trying, but that’s what we’re lacking, more places to eat and places downtown. What’s sad about Sapulpa, the people who shop here aren’t even from Sapulpa. One of the reasons we choose to be here because of Route 66,” said Fain.

Submissions to the online application must include photos of the town, but video is preferred.

Videos should spotlight a specific place that needs a makeover, such as a diner, coffee shop, home or playground. Submissions also should feature a tour of the town that highlights the places that need the most help as well as the people that love living there.

A search of Google News on Monday night shows about a dozen other towns from across the U.S. have publicly stated they’re applying for the makeover.

(Image of “Home Town” hosts Ben and Erin Napier via HGTV)

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