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Erwin buildings getting a fresh look

Sue Guinn Legg • Jun 24, 2018 at 6:55 PM

ERWIN — Three downtown Erwin buildings are in line for $25,000 facelifts.

Capitol Cinemas in front of the Unicoi County Courthouse, Main Street Lofts at 105 S. Main Ave.,and the commercial building at 208/210 S. Main, will each receive $25,000 grants from Tennessee Main Street Facade Improvement program.

Designs submitted for exterior renovations of the three commercial properties were recently selected from 13 exterior plans submitted in the competitive grant program.

The grant awards were announced last week by the town of Erwin with congratulations to the grantees, Jan Bradley of Capitol Cinemas, Jason and Julie Gilliland at 105 S. Main, and Terry and Ely Emory of 208/210 S. Main.

Erwin Communications Coordinator Jamie Rice said the property owners are working with the First Tennessee Development District to implement their designs.

“The Town of Erwin is excited to see new life breathed into these historic structures and believe this will be a catalyst for growth to the entire community,” Rice said in a press release.

At Capitol Cinemas, Bradley will receive funding for her plan to restore the movie theater facade in a manner similar to the building’s original exterior design.

The Gillilands, who are renovating the South Main Lofts building, will receive funding for construction of an open air dining room at the entrance to family restaurant that will occupy the building’s first level.

And the Emorys will receive funding for for two attractive storefronts planned for their building.

For other downtown property owners interested in restoring their buildings’ exteriors, including those whose plans were not selected in the competitive state grant program, Rice said local grant opportunities are still available.

The town has implemented a $2,500 grant program for facade improvements including window replacements, awning repairs, exterior paint and doors.

Applications for the town facade grants may be obtained by calling town hall at 743-6231.

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