Historic setting up renovation is ‘just the start’ of options to revitalize regional downtown | WTAJ

BLAIR COUNTY, ALTOONA (WTAJ) — Boosting downtown Altoona is the goal for a community genuine estate business. Curry Realty, who will reconstruct the old Viapond constructing at 1425 11th Ave. purchased the framework in 2019.

The 3 story developing will be house to Curry Realty headquarters and the overall very first floor will be occupied by Saint Francis University. The project’s start off day is February 15th and it’s expected to be completed by August.

Troy Taylor, who lives near the setting up claims he sees more men and women shifting to the spot and would enjoy to see much more small business. He tells us “any option for a new small business or constructive points to come in the space will be very well accepted…People who occur have a tendency to remain, there’s a whole lot of retention and they’re optimistic about the excellent of everyday living in this article.”

The 33,000 square foot historic construction was a element of a energetic downtown Altoona in the 1920s. Curry Realty Marketing consultant, Ron McConnell suggests he desires downtown to be just as well-liked as it was again then. He states this renovation is just the initially step to bringing in additional targeted visitors.

McConnell tells us “there used to be good buying, great eating, there was theatre, there was a great deal of skilled action and we’re hoping to do our component to convey that again.”

The setting up will household all of the Curry Firms. Curry Realty also purchased the vacant good deal subsequent to the building to partly be utilized as the major entryway. The remaining house will hose an outside parklet. Curry is doing the job with the Altoona Parking Authority to generate a well-lit walkway around the constructing.

Altoona City Organizing Fee Chairman, Randy Isenberg suggests “we’re quite happy to have someone like that do that form of enhancement in the city. With any luck ,, more firms will acquire in the city as properly.”

He tells us Curry Realty will deliver in excess of 100 personnel to downtown Altoona.