VAN WERT, Ohio (WFFT) -- A local small town is getting a much-needed upgrade.
The Van Wert County Foundation is aiming to kick off its downtown restoration project on August 1.
Hall Block, the property manager on the project, is looking forward to getting started.
“It’s just exciting to think about the opportunity to bring back the liveliness that people know and love,” he said.
And it’s happening at the perfect time.
County Foundation CEO Seth Baker says some of the buildings need a lot of structural work.
“If we don’t work on these buildings, we’re gonna lose our assets as a community, we’re not gonna have a downtown for future generations, so this is really important,” he said.
Some of the buildings have cracked windows, others have floors that have fallen through.
Block says phase one is supposed to start on August 1 and take 12-18 months.
The estimated price? $26 million.
Phase 2 could potentially start before the first phase is finished.
Boutique owner Jenna Daily is excited for what the project could bring to the community.
“It’s worth all the money, all the time, all of that weight to get us to where we want to be in the future,” she said.
Dailey hopes more people will eventually appreciate all van wert will have to offer.
“It’s just a really special community and I hope that once all the revitalizations are finished that people just flock to our town and want to build a home here,” she said.
The County Foundation says the whole project could cost around $80 million and could take between 5-7 years to complete.