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Preserving our downtown

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

CIC spruces up former Julius Cleaners Building

The Cherokee Industrial Corporation strives to maintain and promote Cherokee industry. Last year, the corporation purchased the brick building on the corner of South 4th and West Maple Street which formerly housed Julius Cleaners.

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This is the West Maple Street view of the C.I.C. building . Photo by Dan Whitney
The CIC hoped to get the building, which has been vacant for several years, back to a condition suitable for use by an existing business seeking to expand, or perhaps a new "start up" business.

With that goal in mind, CIC members set to work. Over the last year, they have put on a new roof, sheetrocked and insulated the walls, hung a suspended ceiling and lights, installed a new furnace, and installed a large new window on the 4th Street side of the building.

On Friday, March 11, the Cherokee Industrial Corporation hosted the weekly Chamber Coffee at the "new old building" to show off their work. CIC President Rick Mongan and Past President Brenda Perrin both spoke to the gathering about the work the CIC had done. A few minor touches need to be completed yet, including fixing up a restroom. The CIC decided not to finish off the floor at this time, feeling that the new tenant may want to choose their own flooring.

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This photo and the one beneath it show early stages of the C.I.C. renovation project. Photos submitted.
The building is now available for purchase or lease, and interested parties are asked to contact either a member of the Cherokee Industrial Corporation board or the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation for further details.

The CIC, which has a nine-member board, receives all of its funding from its stockholders.The Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation plans to send out a letter soon, explaining more about the CIC and its goals, in the hope that new investors will elect to join the Cherokee Industrial Corporation on their mission to preserve and save historic, significant downtown Cherokee buildings.

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The C.I.C. has now replaced these boards on the 2nd Street side of the building with new windows, which let in a lot of light.Photo submitted.
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