Posts Tagged ‘historic preservation’

Downtown Business Showcases Historic Renovation…and Motorcycle Accessories!

August 19, 2014 Shakopee, Minnesota – A new downtown destination is open for businesses in a newly renovated building after hosting their Grand Opening celebration earlier this month. Inessa Hansen, owner of OneSexyBikerChick’s For the Journey Emporium, committed a lot of thought and energy into the restoration of the former Auto Parts service store at […]

MainStreet Owatonna Becomes Newest Program of Minnesota Main Street

Owatonna is the sixth and newest Designated Main Street community with Minnesota Main Street. MainStreet Owatonna, a program of the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, made an application to become a Designated Main Street Program in Fall 2013. After Minnesota Main Street carefully reviewed the application and conducted a site visit with interviews, […]

Winona Main Street Coordinator in the News

David Bittner, Winona Main Street’s Program Coordinator, was recently interviewed by the Winona Daily News. Bittner started in his position in January.  After the community applied in March, Winona Main Street was invited to join the statewide program Summer 2013.  Winona Main Street is Minnesota Main Street’s newest Designated Main Street Program and we’re excited […]

Is it Cheaper to Build New than to Rehab?

That depends a little on what one means by “costs.” In pure dollars and cents, it may look like it is cheaper to tear down an old building and build a new one, but that depends somewhat on what is replacing the old building, the level of rehabilitation the building needs, and its condition before […]

Main Street Award Winners – 2012

On September 22, 2012, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) presented 14 projects and individuals with a Minnesota Preservation Award at a ceremony held at the newly renovated Ford Center in Minneapolis. The Awards recognize significant achievement in historic preservation statewide and celebrate those who have chosen to sustainably reuse and reinvest in our existing […]

Want to Start a Main Street Program?

So what’s it take for a community to create a new Main Street program from scratch here in Minnesota? It’s not quick. It’s not easy. And it’s a program, not a project. Main Street programs are a long term commitment that a community makes to revitalizing and maintaining their Main Street – or traditional commercial […]

Reusing Mills…as Mills

When you hear about a neat project in an old mill or warehouse, it’s easy to assume that it’s being turned into creative office spaces or trendy lofts.  That’s what makes the renovation of the Faribault Woolen Mill so interesting. It’s being renovated into a woolen mill. The business, which started in Faribault in 1865,  […]

Preservation Meets Affordable Housing

by Erin Hanafin Berg, Field Representative Nov. 9, 2010 Yesterday I attended the Homes for All conference in St. Paul to learn about opportunities to combine historic preservation and affordable housing. While much of the discussion centered on housing access, affordability, health concerns, etc., there were a couple of sessions that spoke to the issues […]

Historic St. Paul’s Green Retrofit Series – SPNN Air Dates

SPNN will broadcast three segments of Historic St. Paul’s Green Retrofit series several times from March 25 through April 3. All programs will air on Comcast Channel 19. Schedule details: Thu., 3/25 9:00 p.m. guest Jimmy Sparks of Neighborhood Energy Connection Fri, 3/26 9:00 p.m. guest Mike Williams, MN Greenstar – Green Building Standards Sat., […]

Preservation in the Bonding Bill

By Erin Hanafin Berg, Field Representative March 16, 2010 How did preservation projects fare in the bonding bill that was trimmed, and then signed, by Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Sunday? Some wins, some losses. Here’s the rundown, as far as my non-political mind can discern. Vetoed Projects: $2 million request for the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden […]