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Main Street turns its attention to buildings
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With the city’s Main Street renovation over, the image it draws to mind is one of a job complete. However, work behind the scenes continues one building at a time.
“Many residents of Warren County believe when the downtown streetscape project was complete, that the town should be renewed and revitalized,” said Design Committee chairperson Rachel Killebrew. “This is actually a common misconception among all of the 2,300 Main Street communities in America.”
Killebrew says the city’s renovation of the street was important, but it was only the first step. In reality, the slowest part of the revitalization process comes one building at a time.
“This is not discouraging, but actually is a reality everyone needs to be aware of as we continue in our own Main Street process to make baby steps toward our goals of a revitalized downtown,” said Killebrew.
The Design Committee, one of the four committees that make up Main Street McMinnville, meets once a month and addresses all the physical aspects of Main Street McMinnville. The committee meets at a building on Main Street that is being restored so members can experience the progress to restore a building to its original beauty.
April’s meeting was held at Hotpoint, the Teen Center for the Oasis Fellowship, located at 215 E. Main Street. Steve and Faye Breedlove have been working to restore the building.
“The Breedloves have managed to do what many construction and building owners are not always able to achieve,” said Killebrew. “They have restored the building in a manner that brings the original beauty back to life and also creates an environment that can be utilized like any new building.”
During renovation, the couple replaced beams in the floor, returned to the original brick on the walls, installed a visible heat and air system, installed new plumbing and electrical system, and built two bathrooms.
The main area has an open space that can be used for a wide array of purposes. Color was added to two walls to provide a youthful atmosphere, while the brick walls provide a historic look. The restoration provides a beautiful space, with youthful accents for the purpose of the teen center, says Killebrew.
“We left the meeting knowing one more building in downtown McMinnville has received the love and attention necessary to return to its beauty and ability to house many types of new businesses,” said Killebrew. “Remember, one building at a time is how it is done and thanks to the Breedloves, this one is a success story.”
For more information on the Design Committee or Main Street McMinnville, contact Killebrew at 473-8616 or Carla King at 506-5335.