Main Street building to get a facelift this year
— 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
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.
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.