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October 18, 2013

DDI looks back at 30 years

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DDI director Dana Schaumburg said the event will include drinks and appetizers at Rich’s Deluxe, 21 W. North St. There will be some awards and recognitions and prize giveaways, in addition to tours of the newly renovated upper story residential space where kids kloset owners Dan and Jody Duncheon reside.

“It is gorgeous,” Schaumburg said of the renovated residential space in the former Old Towne Video building off Hazel Street and behind Vermilion Street’s kids kloset.

People can see before and after pictures of the space.

Schaumburg said the renovated-space is a really good showplace of what can be accomplished with a building that was heading toward demolition (it had a gaping hole in the roof) and the time and work put into renovations by the building owners and some hired help.

This is the first upper story renovation in more than five years downtown.

“The examples are nice to show people,” Schaumburg said.

The Duncheons plan to lease the bottom level.

“It’s prime retail space,” Schaumburg said.

DDI is celebrating the past and future.

“A lot of things have been accomplished over the 30 years,” Schaumburg said. “We’re celebrating the growth that has happened.”

The city also recently started accepting applications again for the downtown façade program.

The program can help with up to 50 percent of the costs for improved building facades.

“We have some good looking stuff through that program,” Dreher said.

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