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Restoration project downtown receives preservation grants

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Pictured from left to right are Karie Raulston, Nancy Waldrum, Jerry Coyle, Joey Sleeper, Beatrice Ardila, Jill Drake, Laurie Redus, Scott McDowell, Douglas Cox, Michael Glatfelter, Ben Vaughn, Shawn Napier, and David Stewart.

Scott McDowell received two checks yesterday for a total of $6,000 from the City of Paris preservation programs.

McDowell owns a building at 2 W. Plaza, where he recently completed a restoration project of replacing 17 upper story windows and painting some exterior features.

The Historic Preservation Committee gave McDowell  the maximum grant available for facades — a 50/50 matching grant for $2,500 — and Paris Main Street Advisory Board awarded him a $3,500 grant under the Building Improvement Grant program.

The BIG grant uses funds raised by various fundraising programs and private donations.

The Conway-Wright Dry Goods building, built in 1917 after the fire of 1916, now hosts the Antique Mall, and has been designated as both a local historic landmark and as a contributing building for Paris’ National Register Historic District.  The building is in the same location as Paris’ first store — the George W. Wright’s general store, built in 1842.

McDowell said he was very impressed with the work of the preservation groups. He noted that he had a part of writing the historic preservation ordinances in Paris.

He expressed his support and appreciation of the efforts of the Paris Main Street, City of Paris, the Historic Preservation Commission, and others who help revitalize Historic downtown Paris.

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