OLEAN — Area Legionnaires had two factors to rejoice the getaway Monday — the nation’s birthday and a eventually-completed fresh new look for the Legion hall.
The American Legion Write-up 530 hall, at 307 E. State St., just lately saw completion of a $20,500 exterior restoration many thanks to work by PaintMedics and the city’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding from 2018.
Jim Tambash, initial vice commander of the write-up, led the hard work to secure the resources for the Legion, which were being component of a $600,000 allocation of the city’s $10 million award for the generation of the Downtown Revitalization and Rehabilitation Fund. The Olean Business Progress Corp. was accountable for administering the fund on behalf of New York State’s Households and Local community Renewal task.
OBDC noted previously this 12 months that 26 companies used for up to $40,000 in grant money per storefront, with home entrepreneurs fronting the complete cost of construction to be reimbursed 80% immediately after completion. Resources were being built obtainable to companies and nonprofit companies inside of the geographical DRI zone stretching from Olean Normal Medical center to the South Union Road bridge.
As of January, perform had been completed at Southern Tier Wellness Treatment Technique, Jamestown Neighborhood Faculty and Green Acres Cafe on North Union Avenue, as properly as Jim’s Park and Shop on Front Avenue.
It was a lengthy street, Tambash pointed out.
“It was more than three and a 50 percent a long time,” he reported, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated delays which dragged the venture out considerably lengthier than anyone expected.
The local Legion write-up was founded by veterans a short while ago returned from Globe War I. The Victorian-design construction that afterwards turned the group’s present dwelling was built in 1880, with the brick addition for situations produced after Environment War II.
“We kept it the similar as it was, the woodwork,” Tambash explained, keeping with the necessities of the funding and preserving the historic seem of the 140-calendar year-old building.
Perform involved fixing the wood trim of the creating, as perfectly as some masonry get the job done. Fresh new paint rounded out the get the job done.
For Jim Veno of PaintMedics, the job was also a way to guidance place veterans.
“I’m proud to do this position — it’s 1 of my proudest careers,” he mentioned.
Tambash was happy to have PaintMedics aid restore the composition.
“It’s lovely — he did a excellent occupation,” he extra.