Bank Building receives OMSR grant

An old photo of the bank building dates back to sometime between 1904 and 1911. The building's modern revision will attempt to restore some of its classic features.

Main Street Cottage Grove announced today that it has been awarded a $200,000 Oregon Main Street Revitalization (OMSR) grant from the State Historic Preservation Office, Oregon Heritage.

This grant will be used by Raphael Building, LLC to help fund the current renovation of the Bank Building at Sixth and Main streets in Downtown Cottage Grove. The project is being managed by Cottage Grove’s own Len Blackstone.

The OMSR grant funds may be used to acquire, rehabilitate and construct buildings on properties in designated downtown historic areas statewide. Funded projects must facilitate community revitalization that will lead to private investment, job creation or retention, establishing or expanding viable businesses, or creating a stronger tax base.

The $200,000 will help offset more than $1 million dollars in project costs that will lead to updated spaces for Christi’s Barber Shop and the Latina market, as well as the creation of a new coffee shop, a small-business incubator that will fuel entrepreneurship in the area for years to come, and a new home-base for Windermere Real Estate. Much needed housing will also be made available by remodeling and updating all of the upstairs apartment spaces.

Main Street Cottage Grove will be making a formal announcement at its History Pub this Tuesday, May 7 from 5 to 7 p.m., at The Axe & Fiddle Public House. Len Blackstone will be on hand to answer any questions before local history buff Steve Williamson gives a presentation on “The untold stories of Bohemia’s most colorful characters and how they changed Cottage Grove.”

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