Historic Preservation Ordinance

by Micah Landes, Director 25. April 2017 13:39

Main Street Chillicothe is working with the City of Chillicothe to consider the approval of a Historic Preservation Ordinance and we would like your feedback! The Historic Preservation Ordinance promotes the protection and preservation of historic buildings and gives building owners technical and financial resources to use when planning restoration work. Here are some additional benefits:

·         -Legal Protection for Historic Buildings

·         -Increased Property and Resale Value

·         -Eligibility for Preservation Tax and Grant Incentives

·         -Local Job Creation

·         -Increased Tourism Revenue

·         -Promotion of Community Revitalization and Economic Development

·         -Better Quality of Life

 

Attached below you will find the full proposed ordinance. Please let us know your thoughts on this matter!

  HPO Ordinance (March 2017).docx (25.56 kb)

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Main Street Purchases Building

by Micah Landes, Director 3. November 2016 11:35

The building located at 504 Washington as one enters the downtown area from the south has recently been purchased by the Livingston County Community Development Corporation (Main Street Chillicothe).

Thanks to the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Main Street Chillicothe was awarded $117,827 in 70 percent Missouri Tax Credits to help generate $168,325 in project dollars. “With the help of these funds and our community members purchasing the tax credits, Main Street Chillicothe has purchased the building and plans to renovate the building located at 504 Washington Street in historic downtown Chillicothe,” said Main Street Chillicothe Director Micah Landes. The wall, which faces Clay Street and once had a colorful mural featuring Graham’s Mill Bridge, will be secured and a mural will be painted once again on this wall. The total project cost is projected to be $216,470.

The project will be a lot exterior renovation focusing on physical revitalization, Landes said. Main Street’s economic motivation for this project is to prevent one building’s unchecked deterioration from moving building by building down the block in a domino fashion. This domino effect could potentially threaten the other seven building owners on the block, Landes said.

The renovation of the building, with some support from NAP credits, will concentrate on the exterior of the structure with repairs to the south outside wall, roof and rear of the building. Repairs to the south wall included removal of existing plaster, tuck pointing, reapplication of a cement based stucco material, repair of a brick column, and framing of the west end of the wall allowing installation of dense glass sheathing. Steel doors will be installed to replace plywood doors at the rear of the building. Roof repairs will included installation of heat welded modified bitumen membrane along the entire south wall and placement of new flashing on the top of the wall (parapet). The roof will be inspected for leaks and those areas will be repaired. The west lower roof section will be removed and replaced with a new roof system including roof insulation. Non-NAP funds will be used to install a new mural to the south exterior wall to replace the mural removed in 2012. Non-NAP funds will also be used to update the downstairs retail space and the upstairs apartment to prepare them for lease.

After renovation, the top floor will be used as a residential rental apartment and the bottom floor as rental retail. The building is two stories in height, has a 20-foot storefront width and is 112-feet long. The second story has a spacious two-bedroom 2,000 square-foot apartment with front and rear access. The street level retail space is 20 by 112-feet (2,240 square feet) with street level and rear alley access.

“Both uses will fill a need in the local community and provide income to sustain Main Street Chillicothe activities,” Landes said. “Main Street Chillicothe has been working on this project since 2013 and thanks to the perseverance of the board, staff, Community Fund Works and realtor Ed Turner the project is coming in to fruition,” Landes added. Renovations will start in the coming weeks and an open house is planned for spring 2017.

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Main Street Purchases Building

by Micah Landes, Director 3. November 2016 11:35

The building located at 504 Washington as one enters the downtown area from the south has recently been purchased by the Livingston County Community Development Corporation (Main Street Chillicothe).

Thanks to the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Main Street Chillicothe was awarded $117,827 in 70 percent Missouri Tax Credits to help generate $168,325 in project dollars. “With the help of these funds and our community members purchasing the tax credits, Main Street Chillicothe has purchased the building and plans to renovate the building located at 504 Washington Street in historic downtown Chillicothe,” said Main Street Chillicothe Director Micah Landes. The wall, which faces Clay Street and once had a colorful mural featuring Graham’s Mill Bridge, will be secured and a mural will be painted once again on this wall. The total project cost is projected to be $216,470.

The project will be a lot exterior renovation focusing on physical revitalization, Landes said. Main Street’s economic motivation for this project is to prevent one building’s unchecked deterioration from moving building by building down the block in a domino fashion. This domino effect could potentially threaten the other seven building owners on the block, Landes said.

The renovation of the building, with some support from NAP credits, will concentrate on the exterior of the structure with repairs to the south outside wall, roof and rear of the building. Repairs to the south wall included removal of existing plaster, tuck pointing, reapplication of a cement based stucco material, repair of a brick column, and framing of the west end of the wall allowing installation of dense glass sheathing. Steel doors will be installed to replace plywood doors at the rear of the building. Roof repairs will included installation of heat welded modified bitumen membrane along the entire south wall and placement of new flashing on the top of the wall (parapet). The roof will be inspected for leaks and those areas will be repaired. The west lower roof section will be removed and replaced with a new roof system including roof insulation. Non-NAP funds will be used to install a new mural to the south exterior wall to replace the mural removed in 2012. Non-NAP funds will also be used to update the downstairs retail space and the upstairs apartment to prepare them for lease.

After renovation, the top floor will be used as a residential rental apartment and the bottom floor as rental retail. The building is two stories in height, has a 20-foot storefront width and is 112-feet long. The second story has a spacious two-bedroom 2,000 square-foot apartment with front and rear access. The street level retail space is 20 by 112-feet (2,240 square feet) with street level and rear alley access.

“Both uses will fill a need in the local community and provide income to sustain Main Street Chillicothe activities,” Landes said. “Main Street Chillicothe has been working on this project since 2013 and thanks to the perseverance of the board, staff, Community Fund Works and realtor Ed Turner the project is coming in to fruition,” Landes added. Renovations will start in the coming weeks and an open house is planned for spring 2017.

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Main Street Receives National Accreditation

by Micah Landes, Director 23. August 2016 09:01

Main Street Chillicothe has been designated as an accredited Main Street America program for meeting performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its coordinationg program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach. 

The organization's performance is annually evaluated by The Main Street Connection, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Connection, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Connection to identify the local programs that meet 10 performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operationg budget, tracking programmatic progress, and actively preserving historic buildings. 

Since Main Street Chillicothe began in 2001, the program has helped renovate over 35 facades. Downtown now has 22 murals, 2 ghost signs, and a new set of minimurals along Washington St. In 2016, Main Street is on track to having over $1 million in investment in downtown. 

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Main Street Awarded NAP Grant

by Micah Landes, Director 23. August 2016 08:50

Thanks to the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Main Street Chillicothe was awarded $117,827 in 70% Missouri Tax Credits to help us generate $168,325 in project dollars. With these funds, we will purchase and renovate the building located at 504 Washington Street in historic downtown Chilllicothe. The wall will be secured and a mural will be painted on the south side of the building. The commecial and residential unites will also be renovated and rented. Main Street Chillicothe is very excited about this project! Be looking for improvements in the upcoming months!

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Tunes Under the Moon and Wine Walk

by Micah Landes, Director 16. May 2016 09:21

Join the Downtown Merchants and Main Street Chillicothe on May 20th for the Downtown Wine Walk and Tunes Under the Moon concert. The festivities will start at 4:00 p.m. with our wine walk. Register for the Wine Walk at the Commerce Center at 514 Washington and visit participating downtown merchants to sample local Missouri wine, for the low price of $15. All participants will receive an engraved glass to use for the sampling and then take home. Sampling will end at 8:00 p.m.

Stick around for this summer's first of three free Tunes Under the Moon concerts, starting at 7:00 p.m. Featured will be Chance the Arm, an Irish rock band. Jersey's Sports Grill will also be on hand in Silver Moon Plaza with a cash bar. We hope you join us in beautiful Downtown Chillicothe for these newly combined events. 

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Cultural Corner Art Guild and Galllery Recieves $350,000 in NAP Tax Credit from State

by Micah Landes, Director 13. August 2015 10:23

The Cultural Corner-Art Guild & Gallery has some exciting news! In a special announcement today, Senator David Pearce announced that the Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery has received the approval for the NAP tax credit in the amount of $350,000, which translates to $500,000 for renovations! This is a great thing not only for downtown Chillicothe, but also the arts and the community as a whole. Be looking for construction to start up in the coming months!

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Main Street Receives Three Awards at Missouri State Conference

by Micah Landes, Director 13. August 2015 10:19

Missouri Main Street Connection, Inc., presented downtown revitalization awards that recognize revitalization excellence during the annual Missouri Main Street Conference in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday. Main Street Chillicothe brought home several accolades, having received awards for three projects: Sliced Bread Saturday, the Adam Warren Law Office facade rehabilitation, and Main Street Holiday House Store. Micah Landes, executive director for Main Street Chillicothe, said she is proud of Chillicothe’s downtown and the Main Street Chillicothe organization. “I am truly honored and humbled to bring home three awards against the best downtowns in the state,” said Micah Landes, executive director of Main Street Chillicothe. “It is a privilege to be the leader of an amazing organization with a great team, board, committees and volunteers.” Missouri Main Street Connection judges were complimentary about Chillicothe’s efforts. They said that the Warren Law Office facade rehabilitation project “transformed the building into a unique historic asset for the downtown,” and that through the Holiday House Store, Main Street Chillicothe is growing its own economic drivers of downtown success by promoting entrepreneurship in a direct, positive and supportive fashion. Missouri Main Street Connection, launched as a non-profit organization in 2005, is designed to help communities preserve their historic buildings and reinvigorate their downtown districts. MMSC has served 178 communities across the state of Missouri. Through this work, the communities actively participating in the Missouri Main Street Program have successfully created 432 net new businesses and 2,605 net new jobs. Based on economic data collected from the communities in the top three tiers of the Missouri Main Street program, since 2006, $668 million of private investments have been made in the Main Street communities. For every dollar appropriated to MMSC by the state of Missouri, $1,857 of private investments were made. Public investments by municipal governments have totaled $127.9 million in improvements to infrastructure. A ceremony Thursday night honored communities, individuals, businesses and civic organizations from across the state, that have completed exemplary work in downtown revitalization. Competitive nominations were submitted for projects, activities and individuals in 14 different categories that covered aspects of design, economic restructuring, organization, promotion and other efforts in downtown revitalization. The Missouri Main Street Connection hosted the Evening of Excellence Awards at The Westin at Crown Center in Kansas City. Main Street Chillicothe was recognized and receive awards in three categories. Adam Warren Law Office, of Chillicothe, wins award for Top Facade Rehabilitation over $10,000 Adam Warren Law Office, owned by attorney Adam Warren, underwent a $35,000 facade rehabilitation that was completed in December 2014. The façade rehabilitation was very unique in that it didn’t just enhance one building’s appearance. The architecture of the whole block was unified by this work. Adam Warren opened his private practice in the downtown building in 2006. He finished the interior remodel in 2009 and the exterior façade work was finished in December 2014. The metal slipcover on the façade was replaced with a brick façade. A balcony off the second floor was also added. The rehabilitation of the law office shows not only the importance of façade rehabilitations in downtown districts but also the importance of the pride of ownership. Judges’ comment: This project “really transformed the building into a unique historic asset for the downtown. I love the recessed balcony… the restored facade is nicely done and tied together well. Really awesome job!” Chillicothe’s Sliced Bread Saturday wins award for Top Promotional Event The award for Top Promotional Event went to Main Street Chillicothe for its Sliced Bread Saturday event that highlighted the history of Chillicothe as well as the present activity in the downtown district. To celebrate their history as the home of Sliced Bread, Main Street Chillicothe created an event, Sliced Bread Saturday, to celebrate the historic spirit of Chillicothe commerce, culture, and creativity that is still centered in the downtown district. The event celebrated the past and present of Chillicothe with A Walk In Time living history mural tour; two family entertainment performances in the downtown outdoor venue, the Silver Moon Plaza; business sidewalk sales; wide variety of street vendors; and the annual Bread Baking Contest. It was reported that over 600 visitors attended the event from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. By inviting downtown businesses to participate in the sidewalk sale, the event also helped the owners increase customer traffic and sales. Sixteen businesses participated in the sale which allowed them to show gratitude and hospitality to their customers. One popular store in the area, Madison Avenue Fashion Exchange, said that is was their highest sales day ever. Main Street Chillicothe wins award for Best Economic Restructuring Project This past holiday season, Main Street Chillicothe opened the Main Street Holiday House Store in the downtown district. The vision for the project came from the organization’s Economic Restructuring Committee who hoped the store would provide a place for small businesses in the area to get their name and products some public exposure with hopes of these businesses growing into a store front in downtown Chillicothe. The Main Street Holiday House Store acted as an incubator for these small businesses who could not support a store front yet, but had the potential for becoming a downtown merchant The Economic Restructuring Committee chose vendors that were viewed as exceptional small businesses and also complemented the vision of the store. Main Street Holiday House was open select hours Thursday through Saturday from Nov. 6 through Dec. 20 with the exception of Thanksgiving. Promotional events were planned by Main Street Chillicothe each Saturday to bring even more visitors to the store. As a result of the Holiday House, 3 of the 9 vendors have their products featured in Chillicothe businesses. The committee plans to have another Holiday House in the fall of 2015. Judges’ comment: “I think this is a powerful example of an organization setting the stage for economic success in the district. By promoting entrepreneurship in a direct, positive and supportive fashion, Chillicothe is growing its own economic drivers of downtown success.”

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Annual Luncheon

by Micah Landes, Director 27. April 2015 15:46

Join us on May 27 for our annual luncheon as we celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and recognize those people that have made considerable contributions to our organization and to our downtown. This will be held on the second floor of the Livingston County Library at noon. The cost will be $10.00; email us at mschilli@greenhills.net or call us at (660) 646-4071 if you are interested in coming!

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Main Street Chillicothe Receives Accreditation 2015

by Micah Landes, Director 27. April 2015 15:37

Main Street Chillicothe has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center®, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street® programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach®.

“We congratulate this year’s nationally accredited Main Street programs for their outstanding accomplishment in meeting the National Main Street Center’s 10 Standards of Performance,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “As the National Main Street Center celebrates its 35th Anniversary, it is also important to celebrate the achievements of the local Main Street programs across the country, some of whom have been around since the beginning. These local programs work hard every day to make their communities great places to work, live, play and visit while still preserving their historic character.”

The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by Missouri Main Street Connection which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards. These standards set the benchmarks for measuring an individual Main Street program’s application of the Main Street Four Point Approach® to commercial district revitalization. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

“We at Main Street Chillicothe are honored to be recognized at the National Level for our downtown revitalization efforts,” said Micah Landes, Executive Director. “We have a beautiful and active downtown that continues to build momentum through broad-based community involvement, active support from both public and private sectors, and an active board and volunteers. So many of our wonderful citizens care about the future of our town. I feel confident that our community is committed to continued success downtown, and I’m honored to be a part of it.”

Established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980, the National Main Street Center helps communities of all sizes revitalize their older and historic commercial districts. Working in more than 2,000 downtowns and urban neighborhoods over the last 35 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $61.7 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 528,557 net new jobs and 120,510 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 251,838 buildings, leveraging an average of $26.52 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts.

Pictured Main Street Chillicothe board and staff.
(left to right) back row Amy McDonald, Pam Jarding (President), Ed Milbank (Secretary/Treasurer), Staci Baker (Past President), Steve Franke, & Pat Thorne.
(left to right) front row Steve Holt, Ben White (Executive Assistant), Micah Landes (Executive Director), Ed Robertson (Vice President), Ed Douglas, & Chuck Haney.

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