Main Street build­ing to get a facelift this year

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— The Pappas build­ing on Main Street is sched­uled to re­ceive a makeover in the up­com­ing months.

“I want to make it some­thing the town’d be proud of,” said Dwight Hair, an Elk­ton res­i­dent known for spear­head­ing build­ing ren­o­va­tions and beau­ti­fy­ing the town with his wife, Diane.

The Hairs are in the be­gin­ning stages of ren­o­vat­ing the front of the Pappas build­ing, where Colo­nial Jew­el­ers and Pic­ture it Framed are lo­cated. Hair said the project is sched­uled to be com­pleted by the fall.

The two busi­ness signs will re­moved and re­placed

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with larger, flat signs, Hair said. He said im­proved light­ing will be in­stalled to al­low peo­ple to see the signs more eas­ily. He said the light­ings could be mounted over the sign and curve in­ward, or the lights could come down from the sign.

The awnings on the sec­ond floor will also be re­placed with six pairs of shut­ters.

The pur­pose of the ren­o­va­tions is to cre­ate a more his­tor­i­cal look, as well as add to the beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of the town, Hair said. He added that the ren­o­va­tions should im­pact the busi­nesses and com­mu­nity pos­i­tively.

“I think it’ll bring more peo­ple to the busi­nesses, at least I’m hop­ing, and bring more peo­ple down­town,” Hair said.

The build­ing houses the two busi­nesses and three ten­ants on the sec­ond floor. Hair said no one will be dis­placed dur­ing the im­prove­ment process.

Butch Cub­bage, owner of Pic­ture It Framed, said he was pleased to hear of the ren­o­va­tion project, not­ing it means a pos­i­tive im­pact for all in­volved.

“I trust what does,” he said.

This lat­est project is the build­ing’s sec­ond makeover in less than a year spear­headed by the cou­ple. The back was re­painted, new win­dows were in­stalled and work was done on the roof in an ear­lier ef­fort.

Dwight

Hair said the build­ing was bought from Janet Pappas, the daugh­ter-in-law of the late for­mer owner of the build­ing, in June. He said there were dis­cus­sions with Pappas’ late son about buy­ing the build­ing in the past, but it never went through.

Be­fore the next project can go any fur­ther, how­ever, ren­der­ings must be com­pleted.

The ren­der­ing de­sign, which will present how the build­ing will look, was cre­ated by Scott McCardell, owner of Ac­cent Print­ing, Signs and Graph­ics, af­ter Hair sought out his ex­per­tise about a week ago.

This is not the first time McCardell has de­vel­oped de­signs for Hair be­fore. Mc- Cardell said he worked on the ren­der­ing de­sign for the Frasier Build­ing, where the Cof­fee Place is lo­cated.

The next step is for Hair to take the ren­der­ings to the town’s His­toric Dis­trict Com­mis­sion to re­ceive ap­proval to move for­ward with the up­grades to the build­ing. He said he does not think there will be any is­sues with re­ceiv­ing ap­proval from the com­mis­sion.

“Ev­ery­body likes im­prove­ments,” Hair said.

Hair said he has a few con­trac­tors in mind to com­plete the project, but won’t make a de­ci­sion un­til the ren­der­ings of the build­ing are done. He also noted that he is plan­ning to ap­ply for the fa­cade grant.

“I just like tak­ing old build­ings and putting them back to what they looked like when they were built,” Hair said.

At this time there are no plans for fur­ther ren­o­va­tions, Hair said. He said two of the three apart­ments on the sec­ond floor have also been re­done.

The Hairs have ren­o­vated 28 sep­a­rate build­ings, which in­cludes the Pappas build­ing. In ad­di­tion to ren­o­va­tions, the cou­ple buys and then leases apart­ments. They cur­rently have 64 ten­ants.

The cou­ple own Colonel D and D Choice LLC, a prop­erty man­age­ment busi­ness lo­cated on Main Street.

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