I know I get a little long winded sometimes, so I am going to try to keep this one short. It will be tough…but we’ll manage somehow. For someone who doesn’t like to talk a whole lot,I seem to have a lot to say in these pages don’t I? Hopefully most of it makes some sense and doesn’t have you all scrambling for a pen to write a letter to the editor getting her all stirred up. There is really no need to do that because according to this particular person, I am foolish…so I guess there is no need to take me too seriously. In all actuality, she probably isn’t too far off base in some aspects. But luckily, that isn’t always the case.
So with that being said, I will go ahead and get straight to the point so some of you can get back to the more important things in life…like scrolling through your recorded program listings in your DVR to see what to watch next. Or maybe figure out how you are going to spend all the extra cash in your wallets due to gasoline prices being so low.
Luling Main Street has paid out another Facade Grant to yet another entity which has decided to reinvest in this wonderful community of ours. This project took place in a particular downtown building that has always been a burr in my saddle since I’ve been here. Not necessarily for how bad or rundown it was looking, but more because its unique architecture and potential was not being realized. That is until now. I guess Snap Fitness saw the same possibilities for this particular building and decided it needed another lease on life. Although it was probably actually closer to 55 days, it seemed it took about 55 minutes for this building to go up. This project moved at light speed and was really dizzying to watch how fast it all came together. They have really done an amazing job trying to preserve the original architectural features in this downtown building and I know our group is appreciative that they tackled this venture and turned another one of our old decrepit buildings into a viable facility that can be utilized well into the future.
I am highlighting this restoration as an example, just to remind everyone that we still have funds available in our Facade Grant Program to help with expenses if anyone in our district is thinking about fixing up the front of their building. I also want to remind everyone about the free architectural advice that is also available from the Texas Main Street offices in Austin. You get a full report back from their architectural design staff that gives you several artistic renderings of what your building could look like, and takes a look at the many different options available when trying to fix up older buildings. They give you links to sites and articles how to best go about doing things like safely removing paint from brick, proper stripping techniques, and correct processes for restoring different types of materials like plaster, rock, wood, brick etc. This is absolutely one of the best resources that our Luling Main Street Program has access to, and I hope that more of our businesses and building owners in the Luling Main Street District will take advantage of it this year while we still have funds available.
Well what do you know…looks like I followed through with my intent to make this week’s offering a little shorter. Now please don’t start writing letters to our beloved “editor in charge” griping about the Main Street column being too short. She’s got enough to worry about. But referencing our column from a couple weeks ago, it really would be helpful to me if everyone out there would exhibit a little more common sense this week to prove to a certain newspaper editor that it actually can be done and that I am indeed not crazy…or “merely foolish”. I have faith in you all. Well, most of you.
“We have a strategic plan…it’s called doing things.” – Herb Kelleher
-Derek Hall, Luling Main Street Manager