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…
The long-awaited Shelby streetscape project gets underway this coming week along Main Street.
Phase One of the project begins on Monday and the City is getting the word out about the timeline, street closures, parking, and other timely information. A new website has been launched for that purpose.
The work on Main Street will last for 60 days. During this time, northbound and southbound State Route 61 (Gamble St) at State Route 96 (Main Street), and Richland Avenue will be closed.More…
As anyone knows who is involved in construction these days – from house repair projects to large scale building erection – the costs of materials and the availability of labor are anything but certain.
More than once in north central Ohio over the last few months, those types of considerations have delayed or, in some cases, stopped worthwhile projects from starting.
It is not known at this point why it was the case, but when bids were opened today for the large Black Fork Commons project in downtown Shelby, the two bids received exceeded the estimate to such a degree that they must be rejected. Such was the news coming on social media Friday from veteran Shelby Council member Garland Gates.More…
The revitalization of downtown Shelby continues with the arrival of a new business to Main Street.
Actually, that should perhaps be “new businesses.”
This past week, the Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development held a ribbon cutting event for The Little Shops of Shelby, the newest addition to the downtown streetscape. The new store, located at 40 West Main Street, is owned by Connie Roub.
The Little Shops of Shelby features multiple vendors in one shopping venue. It’s a great place to find just the right thing for that someone in your life.More…
The talk Friday centered on Downtown Shelby during the Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development’s second “Fri-Yay” presented on Facebook Live. These half hour noontime discussions focus providing insight into happenings and projects in the Richland County area.
Chamber CEO and President Jodie Perry introduced two members of the Shelby Community Improvement Corporation (CIC), who shared details of a three phase downtown revitalization project taking place along Main Street over the next two to three years.
CIC representatives Jake Penwell and Cody Albert first reviewed where the CIC has been in recent years and the re-orienting that has led to the current effort. As an entity focused on collaboration between public and private sectors, the group now has three main focal points — serving as a catalyst for economic growth, rebuilding the core of the city pursuant to the Revitalization and Placemaking Plan, and solidifying its own organization . More…