Great America Main Street Award Semi-Finalist

by Micah Landes, Director 20. September 2017 13:46

We are a semi-finalist for a national award! The Great America Main Street Award promotes and recognizes communities that have done an exceptional job in promoting downtown as a great place to live, work, play, and visit. It is because of Main Street Chillicothe's sponsors, partners, and stakeholders that this is even possible. This is exciting news for the community! Check out below what Main Street America wrote about our community and be sure to tune in next March to see if we are a winner!

 

Main Street Chillicothe (Chillicothe, MO) is a 2018 Great American Main Street Award semi-finalist!

Chillicothe, nestled in the green, rolling hills of Northern Missouri, is a vibrant community brimming with small town hospitality and charm—as well as all the amenities and conveniences of a larger locale. Did we also mention that it was the first city in the world to offer commercially sliced bread to the public in 1928?

Main Street Chillicothe attributes its many successes to strong partnerships with local government, the business sector, and community stakeholders. For example, Main Street partnered with the Chillicothe Farmers Market on Sliced Bread Saturday to help educate and promote residents of the importance of using local, fresh goods. And thanks to an award-winning retail incubator, Main Street Holiday House, a once blighted area of downtown has been transformed into a hub of commerce and activity.

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Main Street Building

by Micah Landes, Director 25. July 2017 15:25
It's completed! A huge shout out to Copeland Development and Kelly Poling of Original Arrtwork by Kelly for fixing the outside wall and bringing the Graham's Mill mural back to life. What a great entrance into downtown!

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Main Street Building

by Micah Landes, Director 25. July 2017 15:25
It's completed! A huge shout out to Copeland Development and Kelly Poling of Original Arrtwork by Kelly for fixing the outside wall and bringing the Graham's Mill mural back to life. What a great entrance into downtown!

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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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