Group starts rebuilding Stafford by portrayal 13 storefronts

June 13, 2016 - storage organizer

STAFFORD, Kan. (AP) – They aren’t portrayal a city red. Not yet.

But a organisation of dreamers are envisioning their Main Street’s dull storefronts as something some-more than storage space for someone’s clutter, The Hutchinson News (http://j.mp/25HrSxi ) reported.

One of a dreamers, Jan Turner, points to a building she bought for $50 opposite a travel from her stream business, “The Gathering Place.” She envisions it as a song gymnasium with an upstairs apartment.

Next doorway is a Stafford Mercantile, scheduled to tighten a doorway on Jun 30. Her passion is to uphold people, so she would like to enhance her grill into that building and keep a soda fountain open.

But for now, Turner and a organisation of like-minded people are holding a initial stairs to make those dreams existence as they squeeze paint brushes and freshen adult a fronts of 13 internal buildings.

“We wanted a travel participation and we adore to paint. we could paint for 3 days straight,” pronounced Julie Lyon, an organizer of a town’s newest cabinet Stafford Call to Action.

When a suspicion of portrayal some of a storefronts came adult during a group’s initial discussion, Turner immediately told them she had a building that could use paint. Other business owners agreed, including places like a internal film museum and Quivira Insurance Agency, that will accept new coats of paint this summer. Some donated a paint, others a income for supplies.

Now, after being orderly for only a small some-more than a month, they have 13 building fronts on their paint list.

Wednesday night several volunteers were scraping, priming, and portrayal a front of Stafford Lumber Company. It’s a second week for this brigade who wish zero some-more than to make their city a improved place.

After spending her day in a courthouse, Stafford County’s Register of Deeds LuAnn Brister switched into her paint garments to join a group. Unlike Lyon, Brister is not a fan of painting. Still, she shows up.

“I only wanted to assistance purify a city adult a little,” Brister said. “We all need to representation in and do a part.”

Chelsea Keck and Mary Bunker were also operative on this ease summer night, when it would have been good to lay on a front porch and relax.

However, they are dynamic to make things better. Lyon hopes they will collect adult others once they see how good a uninformed paint looks. The owners of a lumber store has supposing a paint and skeleton to put a new roof on a business.

After they offering to paint a pointer during another business, a owners motionless to put in new garage doors.

“If we give a little, they give a little, and it works well,” Lyon said. They wish to finish all a portrayal by a finish of a summer.

The hint for this suspicion flamed when 6 internal residents attended a Big Rural Brainstorm in March, orderly by a Kansas Sampler Foundation. Following a eventuality they motionless they all wanted to make improvements to their community. Returning home they squandered no time organizing. By Apr they had their initial meeting.

Several ideas came from that initial meeting. First, a organisation concluded they wanted to transform Main Street, creation a coming of a buildings nicer. Second, they wanted to work on a section Centennial planters that once were planted with Bradford pears. The trees grew so vast they indispensable to be cut down.

Now they are perplexing to confirm either to mislay a planters. However, some of a locals are endangered given there are plaques with names of people who finished donations for a planters years ago. They trust a plaques should be displayed somewhere if a planters are taken away.

The group’s third suspicion was to try mercantile viability. According to Jan VanDam, executive of Stafford Recreation Commission, there is small city zoning and a lot of absentee landlords. Many of a Main Street buildings are used for storage.

Marci Penner, organizer of a Big Rural Brainstorm, pronounced a eventuality is a call to action, people go home energized and do things.

Some will take personal action, while others concentration on community, Penner said.

Coming into Stafford from a east, along U.S. 50, a pointer welcomes travelers to “Stafford, Gateway to Quivira National Wildlife Refuge,” that is only 10 miles north of town.

Today there are about 1,100 residents in Stafford, that is located in Stafford County. The county chair of St. John is 12 miles away.

According to a U.S. Census report, a county was one of 41 farming Kansas counties whose race appearance in 1910. Back then, a town’s Main Street was abounding with commerce. However, by 2010 a race had declined by 64.5 percent from a rise in 1910 when it had 12,510 residents. In 2015, it was estimated there were 4,236 people in a county.

Moreover, a investigate from a Center for Economic Development and Business Research during Wichita State University suggested it had a highly-aged race group, really few people carrying kids and an external emigration given of pursuit opportunities.

Those grave contribution don’t seem to deter a Stafford Call to Action group. Perhaps that’s given several of a members are newcomers to town, Lyon included. She arrived in Oct to assistance transform and afterwards conduct a Stafford Motor Inn that has 16 bedrooms and will eventually have a open laundromat.

Carolyn Dunn bought a run-down motel during an auction in Dec. 2014, given she didn’t wish someone else to buy it and spin it into a town’s subsequent storage unit.

“We suspicion it had intensity and could be a viable business,” pronounced Dunn, who is a Stafford County Economic Development Director. Then she hired Lyon, who has finished all from putting in new toilets and lavatory fixtures, to painting, and remodeling.

The pet-friendly motel is busy by hunters, oil and gas workers and drivers of commander cars for breeze turbines. It’s also a good median indicate for people roving from Colorado to Missouri.

Fueled with unrestrained and ideas, Lyon pronounced it’s good she doesn’t know a details about people. Instead, she’ll proceed anyone with her ideas.

Another relations visitor is Jim Stanford. Originally from Milwaukee, he was operative in Fort Worth and Hutchinson before opening a sport lodge, Central Kansas Outfitters, outward of town. He recently bought a former American Legion building that had been in operation in that mark given a 1930s. It sealed on New Year’s Eve 2014 and sat vacant. People wanted to use it for storage.

“A internal crony assured me to buy it,” Stanford said. “It has come a long, prolonged way.” He has non-stop a bar he has named a Refuge Bar and Grill. Specials embody rib-eye steaks on Saturday, Friday night all-you-can-eat brats and prohibited dogs and Thursday he offers an all-you-can-eat taco bar.

VanDam, who zips around city in a golf cart, came from Wichita looking for a smaller community. She and a other newbies are a catalyst, though they work with a lot of existent ideas.

“We have a lot of dreams,” VanDam pronounced as she stepped out of a Refuge Bar and Grill and glanced down Main Street.

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Information from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, http://www.hutchnews.com

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