Mason City’s rehabilitation project in full swing

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MASON CITY, Iowa – Mason City received a grant for $500,000 for the rehabilitation of some of the buildings down town.

Jodee O’Brien, the Executive Director of Main Street Mason City said that this renovation will help increase activity for businesses in downtown and it will make vacant locations more inviting for potential businesses.

Ransoms, The Candy Bar, Suzi Q’s Café, Schulting Real Estate, Llillians, Ralphs Garden Café, Rieman Music, The Quarry and Brick Furniture are all getting a facade facelift to return the buildings to their original style.

“There’s 10 properties that are getting redone, this whole block, still working on the butchers and they may be added to the program, will be getting new fronts, some will get new windows, some of the brick will be tuck pointed, so a lot of it is just making it back to its historical look,” O’Brien said.

Throughout the construction, workers will be removing the current facades to uncover what the original buildings looked like.

Uncovering pieces of the original buildings has been reminding O’Brien of Christmas, but the weather for day one of construction, does not.

Project Manager, Seth Meyer, says the weather has definitely put a damper on the removal of the building fronts but that they’re making it work.

“It’s not going to be the most fun out here but we’ll get through the next couple of weeks and hopefully it starts cooling down and hopefully we don’t get snow anytime soon,” Meyer said.

With temperatures in our area approaching the triple digits today, it doesn’t look like snow is in the immediate forecast but it might be in the forecast when the project is complete.

O’Brien said she is hoping the construction will be done by sometime in November.

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