New projects and construction have been popping up in downtown Cheyenne.
Recently, The Metropolitan Restaurant opened this summer and transformed two pieces of prime real estate into a restaurant and banquet space. Across the way to the West, the City is building a new complex and progress has been steady. This will be in place of what was referred to as the Carey Building or the former location of the Z’s Furniture Store.
Another property has also been getting revamped, the Mendocino Brothers Building was well-known as a shoe store (featured photo). The facade was removed to reveal its original bricks. This profound building sits next to where women were first granted the right to vote in 1869 and this year the State of Wyoming is celebrating 150 years of Women’s Suffrage. It has been apparent with the investments made that there is a new level of commitment from property owners in downtown Cheyenne to create a vibrant shopping district.
The Historic Architecture Assistance Fund (HAAF) is a recent program available to property owners of historical and commercial buildings located in traditional downtown districts. The funding is intended to help building owners with the first step in their preservation project. HAAF does not provide funds for physical repairs, the purchase of building materials or work by contractors. In the spirit of keeping the momentum going, here are the details:
“This program is through the Wyoming Business Council and is a unique opportunity to really help downtown Cheyenne building owners get on the track of restoration and vibrancy. If awarded, an architect will be assigned to work with the applicant. Typical projects include a building assessment, structural analysis, analysis of building code and ADA requirements, and facade and signage schematic design.” According the program details on the Wyoming Business Council website.
Applications are due by September 1st and the final applications are due October 15th.
The fund is available through Wyoming Main Street, which is a program of the Wyoming Business Council, the state’s economic development agency. Wyoming Main Street assists its member communities with downtown revitalization efforts through technical assistance and grant funding.