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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Downtown Bradford Revitalization Continues

If you think Downtown Bradford looks good now, keep watching. It’ll be looking even nicer.

Bradford City Council on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to more than a dozen improvement projects planned by private property owners.

Mayor Tom Riel and OECD Director Sara Andrews said this shows that people do really care about the city’s revitalization efforts.

Riel said in the nine years he’s been on council he has never seen anywhere near that many certificates of appropriateness approved in one meeting.

“I think that speaks volumes to … the funds (OECD) has been able to secure for downtown, and just the overall sense of revitalization in the downtown.”

“It’s been a fantastic summer,” Andrews said. She noted that this represents thousands of dollars’ worth of private investment in the historic district.

St. Bernard’s Church, Man’s World, Whimsical Studios, Moments to Remember, Chosen Acres, Kabob’s, as well as buildings owned by Todd Hennard, John Kohler, James Colligan, Dwayne Zimmerman and the City of Bradford, will all be spruced up in the coming weeks.

Also Tuesday, council approved the sale of the former Moose Lodge building on Pine Street to the Downtown Bradford Revitalization Corporation, as well as execution of a grant contract to do a re-purpose, re-use study of the building.

Council also awarded the fire station renovation project bid to Carl E. Swanson and Sons for $282,710, and appointed Mike Healy regular part-time firefighter/EMT, effective September 2.

Also, council entered into a one-year lease agreement with the owner of La Mixteca restaurant on Main Street, and appointed Sherri Geary and Debbie Lunden to the Bradford Redevelopment Authority.

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