Source: Albion New Era, Albion, IN. Written by: Joy Lecount Published on: October 23, 2013
ALBION, Ind. - In a letter received October 15, 2013, Lieutenant Governer Sue Ellspermann congratulated the Super Town of Ablion Revitalization Team (S.T.A.R.) on joining the Indiana Main Street (IMS) Program. IMS encourages economic development, redevelopment and improvement to the downtown areas of Indiana's cities and towns.
S.T.A.R. Team President Steve Hook submitted the Main Street application in mid-August. The application outlined S.T.A.R.'s organizational structure, listed its goals and how those goals were to be met, enumerated fundraising projects, and included a budget.
In her letter, Lt. Gov. Ellspermann said, "Developing a strong business climate in our downtowns is crucial for community development. I'm pleased to welcome Albion to the Indiana Main Street Program. Whether it's the Harvest Chili Cook-Off or the preservation of downtown buildings, focusing on the downtown area can revitalize the heart of our communities."
The S.T.A.R. team willl join more than 115 other Indiana Main Street Communities dedicated to the revitalization of their downtown areas. The IMS is founded on a Four-Point Approach to downtown development: Organization, Design, Promotion, and Economic Restructuring. Each of these points represents an aspect of the downtown which is vital in the restoration efforts of the community. The IMS is administered by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA).
Indiana Main Street Program Manager Shae Kmicikewyez stated, "We are glad to have the S.T.A.R. Team as part of the Indiana Main Street family. The organization has the support of the broader community which understands the importance of a thriving downtown. We look forward to the improvement that will be made to downtown Albion through the S.T.A.R. Team."
In fact, several of those improvements have already taken place.
Using funds it has raised from various events sinces it was organized, Albion's S.T.A.R. Team has provided assistance to five facade improvement projects in downtown Albion. (These projects also had to meet requirements of Albion's Facade Grant Program.)
Lucky U Ceramics facade improvement was a S.T.A.R. group projects. S.T.A.R. provided labor and paid $500 directly to contractors on this project.
Shellbey Properties (Ebey building) received $500.
Doc's Hardware received $500.
The following projects have been approved to receive $500 each from S.T.A.R. once work is finished:
Brick Ark Inn B & B
Noble Enterprises (Wentworth building).
Each of these projects also received funding from Albion's Facade Grand Program funded by the town's Redevelopment Commission.
S.T.A.R. Team has also completed a photographic inventory of all buildings in the downtown business district, and has submitted an application to place the Albion downtown business district on The National Register of Historic Places.