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Bohenkamp Building Revitalization

La Grande Main Street Takes the Lead in Revitalization: Secures Third Consecutive Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant

La Grande, once again, stands as a proud recipient of the Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant, marking our third consecutive cycle of success. Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, has recognized 28 projects state-wide, allocating $5,000,000 to enhance economic vitality. La Grande's grant, totaling $200,000, will rejuvenate the historic Bohnenkamp Building at 1301 Adams Avenue, focusing on façade restoration, increased resilience to natural forces, and the creation of new housing units on the second floor.

Constructed in 1900 by William Bohnenkamp, a pioneer from Dyersville, Iowa, the building has been an iconic part of our city's history, housing a successful hardware business for decades. Now home to The Mountain Works Bicycle Shop, the lower story of the Bohnenkamp Building will undergo transformative renovations, aligning with La Grande's long-range plan for downtown vitality.

Taylor Scroggins, Executive Director for La Grande Main Street Downtown, expressed excitement about the project's potential impact: "The Bohnenkamp Building, as one of our most prominent historic structures, holds immense opportunities to further enhance our district's aesthetics, fully utilize its historical charm, and increase housing availability in the downtown core."

This grant, known for its positive influence on the community, has previously fueled successful projects like the Liberty Theatre and Putnam Building in 2019, as well as the IOOF Building in 2017. Mavis Hartz, owner of the Bohnenkamp Building, expressed gratitude for the opportunity: "We are looking forward to restoring the building to its former glory. This first step will make the building much safer, as well as establish three beautiful apartments for rent."

La Grande Main Street Downtown remains committed to updating the community on the progress of this exciting venture. This honor not only recognizes La Grande's historical significance but also signifies our potential for continued growth and development. Stay tuned for more updates on the Bohnenkamp Building's transformation

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