Celebration Stroll set for Nov. 13

A Celebration Stroll event to celebrate the 13 facades involved in the Community Development Block Grant-Facade Rehabilitation project in downtown Jefferson will be held Nov. 13 beginning at 5 p.m. on the Bell Tower Plaza.  

The public is invited to attend the festivities. Introductions will be made on the plaza followed by a walk along the interior of the Square to view the facades.

Architects Peter Franks and Matthew Miller will stroll along to make comments on each facade. Pinnacle Construction’s project manager, Austin Kay, and construction crew Mike Nicolini and Jeff Boe will be recognized at the event along with other subcontractors for the project.

City Administrator Mike Palmer, building official Nick Sorensen, the Jefferson city council, the building owners and business owners were instrumental in this project of historic preservation in the downtown.  

The group will stroll east on Lincoln Way to the Greene County Historical Museum, then back to Addie’s, Unger Insurance, around the interior of the Square to view Royal Jewelers, John’s Appliance, Masonic Hall, Muir Embroidery, MacDonald Insurance, Fudge’s Flowers & Gifts, Meythaler Photography, Ace Hardware, Doc’s Stadium and the building that housed the former Treasure Chest.   

The event will end at Doc’s Stadium, where Jefferson Matters: Main Street will host light refreshments and a cash bar will be provided.  

Pictures from various stages of construction from June to date will be shown on the TVs. At Doc’s Stadium there will be a chance to visit with those involved in the project and congratulate the building owners.

The buildings are not expected to be completed by Nov. 13, but the decision was made to host the celebration before the holidays while the weather is still conducive to a stroll.

Jefferson Matters: Main Street is the host for the celebration party and encourages the public to attend.   

Jefferson became a Main Street community in 2012 with a mission to work together to strengthen, support and energize Jefferson’s downtown through historic preservation.  

The goal of facade rehabilitation was always a goal of the board of directors and the city of Jefferson. The $1 million CDBG Facade Rehabilitation project has made a huge impact on the downtown and hopefully spurs on more improvements.

Work began in the summer of 2015 to determine which building owners were interested in being involved in such a project. Informational meetings were held with the Jefferson city council committing to provide the $250,000 match and a number of owners deciding to pursue the grant with the required $250,000 match.  

The experienced architects of Franks Design Group were procured and began meeting individually with the owners and Region 12 Council of Governments grant writer Fred Kesten.  

The grant was submitted with the match and the notice of the $500,000 grant awarded to Jefferson in May 2016.

Designs were finalized through the fall of 2016 with construction bids out in the spring of 2017.

Peg Raney is program director of Jefferson Matters: Main Street. Contact her at director@jeffersonmatters.org or 515-386-3585.

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