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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