Looking up down on Main Street

Beth Sergent

September 14, 2013

POINT PLEASANT —Main Street is getting a facelift.

This spring Main Street Point Pleasant offered funds from a West Virginia Facade Grant for Community Development to downtown businesses located along Main Street between Third and Sixth Streets. Now, months later, those grant funds are showing up downtown in the form of new awnings and updated facade work, such as new paint.

Grant funds were available for facade work to existing buildings with that money used to pay for 50 percent of the total cost of improvements - the business owners provided the other 50 percent of matching funds.

This week, new awnings were installed on Main Street Furniture’s two locations with owner Joe Roush saying he was pleased with the look of the new additions and with the help the grants provided for downtown businesses. Roush and Main Street Furniture were the first to sign on for the new project, Charles Humphreys, director of Main Street Point Pleasant, said.

Humphreys said the additions, thanks to the grant and cooperation of business owners, will “liven up downtown Point Pleasant.”

Humphreys added some of the other businesses which have taken advantage of the grant funds and will soon make updates to their facades, whether it be awnings or paint or other aesthetic work, are: City National Bank, Hall’s Barbour Shop, Four Seasons Florist, Garlow Insurance, the Hanes building, the Mason Jar, Shaw and Shaw Law Office.

The grant was originally for $45,000 with $35,000 available for the facade work and $10,000 used for visual improvements to the Riverfront Park.

Humphreys has said Main Street Point Pleasant has been working for over 22 years to accomplish many goals, including making downtown more attractive to visitors which this grant will help accomplish. He said programs like the West Virginia Facade Grant for Community Development will help revitalize downtown Point Pleasant while preserving its history.

The transformation of downtown which is happening thanks to the grant money should be complete by next month, Humphreys said.