Sept. 18, 2019 — Rehabilitation work has begun on the historic Kyle Building in Old Town Florence. The project will install a new roof and gutters, complete structural and flooring repairs, update plumbing, and paint the exterior of the 1901 William & Sons Kyle Building.
This work is funded in part by an Oregon Main Street Revitalization grant from the State Historic Preservation Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce was awarded the matching grant earlier this year, in collaboration with the Kyle Building owners.
Evan Garrett, of Garrett Remodeling LLC, recently began replacing worn and damaged boards in the original wood flooring inside the Bridgewater Restaurant. Garrett has been the primary contractor maintaining the Kyle Building for over 20 years. He will also be completing structural repairs to the roof and painting the building.
“It’s exciting to see the work finally beginning,” said Joann Henderson, one of the building owners.
Scaffolding, 90 feet long and 27 feet tall, was installed on Sept. 12, by McKenzie Scaffold–Shoring. This safety equipment required blocking vehicle parking on the east side of the Kyle Building, adjacent to Laurel Street; a walkway is in place to maintain pedestrian access. The scaffold is planned for removal on Sept. 27.
Roof replacement, by Evergreen Roofing of Oregon, was scheduled to begin on Tuesday. West Lane Plumbing will be completing plumbing upgrades and White Cloud Enterprise will be replacing the gutters.
The entire project is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
The Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant Program received $5 million in funding that was included in a lottery bond bill during the 2019 legislative session. These funds will be available to Oregon Main Street Network organizations, including the Florence Main Street group, in the spring of 2021 to fund building improvement projects that spur economic development. The funds must be used to award grants to participating Oregon Main Street Network organizations to acquire, rehabilitate or construct buildings within the approved main street boundary to facilitate community revitalization. The Main Street boundary for Florence aligns with the Florence Urban Renewal District.
The program also requires that at least 50 percent of the funds go to rural communities as defined in the initial bill.
This grant program was created during the 2015 legislative session, and placed with the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office.
To date, 57 matching grants totaling $7,599,994 were awarded in 2017 and 2019 to Oregon Main Street Network organizations across the state, with awards ranging from $17,500 to $200,000 for projects from facade improvement to elevator access and seismic upgrades.
For more information about the grant program, visit oregonheritage.org.