The 13 building owners involved in the CDBG Downtown Façade Rehabilitation project have worked with the architects in selecting their color schemes. Architects Matthew Miller and Peter Franks of Franks Design made suggestions with many of the owners happy with the recommendations. Others had some other ideas in mind. Watch to see the paint and windows start to happen soon.
The Greene County Rams football team, cross country team, cheerleaders, coaches, city staff and other volunteers made a huge contribution to moving over 15 ton of debris from the basement of a downtown building. A bucket brigade on Sunday, August 27 of over 40 volunteers lifted bricks, sand, and rock from the lower level up to the main level and out to the flat bed in the alley. This could never be accomplished without the strong back and muscles of those young people!
The City of Jefferson acquired the building in 2016 and made structural improvements but the debris remained in the basement. Jefferson Matters: Main Street received a Challenge Grant to help Rosie & Ray Tucker renovate the building to house their new boutique on the first floor. The second story will be the Tucker’s home. Sensibly Chic plans to open on Tuesday, Sept. 5.
The City of Jefferson and Jefferson Matters: Main Street truly appreciates the help of these young people and their coaches.
Saving the Downtown: A Local Approach was the topic of the presentation by City Administrator Mike Palmer, City Building Official Nick Sorensen, and Jefferson Matters: Main Street Director Peg Raney at the Iowa Downtown Conference in Sioux City, Iowa. Over 40 people attended the session as the trio focused on how Jefferson has utilized local government and the Main Street program to provide resources and incentives to acquire and rehabilitate abandoned and dilapidated buildings. They shared how the City has acquired vacant buildings and using Tax Increment Financing (TIF), grants and private investment to be successful in downtown Jefferson. Financial incentives available to property owners to improve their buildings such as the Main Street Mini-Grant program was shared.