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Historical Society kicks off Cornerstone Project

Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 9:20 am

Volunteers, shown from left: Paul Ray, Michael Ray, John Ray, Wyatt Beckler, Clay Hyde, Serena Krackenberger, L.E. Kohl, Pete Nasir, Marty Nation (seated), and Donley Morris.

The Demolition Crew for the Vandalia Area Historical Society’s Cornerstone Project came together recently to officially start the renovation process on two downtown buildings in Vandalia.
Vandalia Area Historical Society President Paul Ray said the Cornerstone Project involves the complete renovation of both the Carter Building at 108 S. Main and the old Hudson’s Variety Store Building at 110 S. Main. Further renovations he said will also be seen at the museum located at 112 S. Main.
The focus of the project is to turn around Vandalia’s limited commercial business space by offering two upscale rental sites while expanding the museum.
“The VAHS is very excited to start this new project,” Ray said. “Downtown Vandalia has always been part of our core focus of preserving and making history in our area.”
Ray said the time line for the project depends on the volume of volunteers who assist with the renovations.
“At this point, we are on track with the interior of two buildings being gutted by spring,” Ray said.
“This will be followed with the renovation of the exterior this summer, allowing for interior finished work to be completed by the next winter.”
The deadline for the project in conjunction with grants approved by the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Neighborhood Assistance Program is March 2013. Ray said he expects renovations to be completed way before the deadline.
Those willing to offer their services as a volunteer are encouraged to call the VAHS at 314-724-2010 or email VandaliaCornerstone@gmail.com.