Sunny skies reflected the mood in downtown Shelby on Friday morning as officials joined to hold a ribbon cutting for Main Street.
The street is very much now “open for business.”
Shelby Mayor Steve Schag spoke about opening the street, “This is a day we have been waiting for, we have had many ribbon cuttings up and down Main Street, but perhaps none more anticipated or appreciated than this one! The Revitalization of the Main Street Corridor has been a focus of this administration, Economic Development Manager Jessica Gribben, City Council, and CIC for some time and it is rewarding to see these ambitious plans come to fruition.” Thanks to Shelby Downtown Businesses for their faith and perseverance!”More…
A beautiful Sunday afternoon was the perfect opportunity to visit downtown Shelby, a place in the middle of transformation.
The streetscape project, which will soon be combined with a new Black Fork Commons area, is moving toward a November completion target. This past week, the Ohio Department of Transportation shared the following update concerning that work as it impact motorists:More…
The streetscape and Black Fork Commons are not the only things new in downtown Shelby.
On October 1, the brand-new Marigold Bakery opened along West Main Street and is providing a wide variety of baked goods.
The location was recently officially opened by a ribbon cutting attended by local officials, including Shelby Mayor Steven Schag.
The bakery at 67 West Main Street occupies a recently re-opened storefront. The inside features a hand painted canvas of marigolds, overstuffed chairs and a sofa for comfort, and several tables and chairs.More…
Owners of older houses and buildings in Shelby can benefit from a doctor’s visit next week.
That’s the Building Doctor, to be specific, a program of the Ohio Historic Preservation Office in Columbus.
It’s an opportunity to learn about how to preserve important elements of a property that give it character, including maintenance and repair issues, masonry problems, new additions, roofs and drainage, and wood and painting. Think of it as a free, in-person This Old House show.
The seminar is free. It will take place at 7 PM at Shelby High School and is sponsored by the City of Shelby Historic Preservation Commission.More…
The large-scale streetscape, sidewalk, and infrastructure installation project in downtown Shelby is maintaining its pace for a hopeful fall or early winter opening.
Initial work on the project, which is taking place on highways SR 39, SR96, and SR61 began in April. Stage One was completed in early April, and then work moved eastward in early June with new streets and intersections impacted.
Late last week, the Ohio Department of Transportation shared bullet-point details of where the entire project stands as of this weekend.:
On August 29, 1932, two houses standing on the west side of North Gamble Street in downtown Shelby had a date with a bulldozer.
It took only a few days for the two structures, one large Queen Anne residence and another older, small structure, to make way for an exciting new chapter in Shelby civic history.
Prior to this, the US Congress had set aside $105,000 for the purpose of buying and clearing land, erecting a new building to house the local post office and some additional federal offices, and to furnish the same. The monies had been championed by former US Congressman William M. Morgan. More…
We’re doing a bit of a “spin” today on one of our standard series.
Throughout the lasts five years, we have highlighted stories of visits to Mansfield by important figures of literary, academic, artistic, and political history in a series we call “When Mansfield Welcomed.” Through those posts, we have looked back in time to consider all of the well-known individuals who have stopped in the city.
There are, of course, other communities in Richland County, and in fact one was well-positioned on the main railroad line between Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati — basically the “I71” of its day, a line which would come to be called the Big Four Railroad. More…
No pain, no gain is the old adage. In Shelby, the hope is that inconvenience for a short period of time will result in years of minimal maintenance and disruption for local residents.
In particular, that includes residents in Ward Three this fall.
A large scale pipeline replacement project by Columbia Gas, long in the planning, is now underway. As a reminder:
The work is a Columbia Gas project, not a city one. It is part of a large initiative throughout the entire service area, where older pipe is being retrofitted and/or replaced with new plastic pipes as part of a regular schedule.
As a further reminder and to promote workplace safety:
For more information, call 216.215.4103.
A map of the affected area is below.
Years of dreaming, planning, and hard work are coming together next Saturday in the opening of Richland County’s newest museum.
Civic leaders in Shelby have announced that the new Shelby Bicycle Museum will be opening on July 9 near the site of the original Shelby Cylce factory, more specifically in the Shelby Justice Center on Mack Avenue.
It’s a timely opening, as this year marks the centennial of the launch of the Shelby Cycle Frame Builders, which went on to become the Shelby Cycle Company.More…
While streetscape work continues in downtown Shelby as a part of that city’s three-part downtown makeover, another major portion of that effort came closer to reality this week.
On Wednesday, construction bids were opened for the new Black Fork Commons Plaza (conceptual images above). Three qualified bids were received, the lowest submitted by Simonson Construction of Ashland.
The Black Fork Commons Plaza will include a fountain/splash feature for kids, a plaza, and a pergola/outdoor fireplace. The price tag is $1.2 million, which has been fully raised. Engineering is underway. The Plaza’s cost is $1.6 million, and it too has been fully funded with 12 local donors. The fundraising was kicked off by the Shelby Foundation’s gift of $250,000.More…