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By DAVE MOSIER / independent editor
Main Street Van Wert celebrated the successes of the past year and learned from historic building restorer Steve Coon what impact downtown renovation can have on the future of a community during the organization’s annual meeting on Monday evening.
Board President Eric Hurless welcomed the nearly 100 people who attended the dinner, held at the Black Angus on Main restaurant on East Main Street, and thanked sponsors Alexander & Bebout and Slusher’s Jewelry for their support of the event.
MSVW Program Manager Adam Ries provided downtown highlights from 2014, which included improvements made to 13 buildings, three new businesses that opened, $1.2 million in downtown reinvestment and 1,855 volunteer hours.
Representatives of two of the three new businesses, Truly D’Vine Bread Company and Alterations and Custom Sewing, were on hand to receive mementos of their opening, while The Bachwell was also recognized.
Also honored was Dale Davies of Balyeat’s Coffee Shop to mark the landmark restaurant’s 90th year in the downtown area, 50 of those years under the operation of Davies, along with his brother, Don.
Ries also talked about the $300,000 revitalization grant the city received last year, which will be used in the coming year or so to leverage new improvement projects in the downtown area. He also was pleased with the fact that Van Wert is again, after a lapse of a few years, a nationally accredited Main Street community — one of only about 20 such communities in Ohio.
The Times Bulletin
March 15, 2015
COLUMBUS – Heritage Ohio is proud to announce the 2014 certification of Van Wert as a Nationally Accredited Main Street Community.
Van Wert became a member of the Main Street program in 2004, and since continues to be a catalyst in the revitalization of downtown Van Wert.
Main Street Van Wert (MSVW) is being recognized as proficient in the 10 criteria as set by the National Main Street Center. This designation is a testament to the hard work and commitment of the Main Street Van Wert Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers.
In 2014 Main Street Van Wert saw three new businesses open downtown helping to create 24 new jobs. Building improvements in 2014 were valued in excess of $1.4 million dollars with 15 downtown buildings improved. MSVW board members and volunteers worked to grow and create new events to draw more people into downtown, including ArtRageous, retail shopping events, and the popular Hidden Spaces upper floors tour.
By ED GEBERT, Times Bulletin Editor
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
VAN WERT — Main Street Van Wert Program Manager Adam Ries appeared Monday night at a City Council meeting to ask for a renewal of the city’s $25,000 annual donation to the program that works to invest in the downtown area. Ries shared the successes of downtown with council members. He was joined by Main Street Board members Dennis Cummings, Cindy Leis. and Board President Eric Hurless.
Main Street Van Wert
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