COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - The Coldwater Downtown Historic District Commission has cancelled tomorrow’s regular May meeting due to the lack of an agenda, but there’s still quite a bit happening in restoration and fix up activities downtown.
Keith Baker, Community Services Director/Assistant City Manager says hopefully you have noticed the repairs underway at the Chicago Avenue women’s store and hopes you stop by and thank owner Laurie Ludlow for her efforts in restoring and improving the building. Baker also says the Downtown Development Authority and Coldwater City Council are considering the sale of 92 West Chicago Street, the former Standard Oil building. Since this property is within the historic district, any exterior alterations or additions would require Commission review and approval prior to starting any work even if sold by the city to a private owner. 20 flower planters with pansies have been placed in the district. 20 additional planters will be placed the week before Memorial Day. The pansy planters will be replanted with the summer flower varieties approximately the second week of June. In addition, over 30 banners have been installed for the summer through downtown and the historic district.
Baker says the city’s Neighborhood Services Department continues to make contact with businesses or building owners to bring a few downtown/historic district building signs into compliance. While not in the historic district, you may notice the demolition of a residential building at 45 North Monroe Street. The house is directly across the street from city hall. The adjoining property owner purchased the property and intends for the time being to use the parcel as additional green space.