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Downtown building is getting a makeover

Posted by Adam in Local News, 9/6, 1:29 PM

A prominently-located downtown building is in the process of being on the receiving end of a significant makeover this month, though its expected to be business-as-usual for the many businesses and organizations that call it home save-for changes to building access while work is done. 

Located at the intersection of 10th Street and Princess Avenue, the Community Futures Westman-owned office/commercial building is receiving an exterior facelift that’s consistent with the long-term vision for Downtown and by the time all is done will see use of natural brick, automatic doors, updated signage and windows.

In addition to Community Futures and partners in its business incubator program, the building is also home to a who’s-who of sort of local businesses and organizations that includes Westman Dreams for Kids, AJS Law, West-Can Human Resource Solutions, Career Youth Employment Services (CEYS), the Brandon location for the BDC business development bank and WFS Wealth & Financial Strategies. Dreams for Kids will however soon be re-locating to Precision Toyota's new building on 18th Street North in the weeks ahead.


A rendering of what the building will look like when all is done (Burns Maendel Consulting Engineers Ltd)

The project is in-part funded via a Facade and Storefront Improvement Grant from the Brandon Downtown Development Corporation.

It’s expected tenants will be open during normal hours with there being temporary changes to access to the building. At present the 10th Street entrance is closed to accommodate work on the West-facing side with access being available through a Princess Avenue entrance. Once that portion of work is complete, access will flip-flop to being off of 10th street while the other portion of the project is complete. 

In case renovations to the building weren’t enough, the mural on its East-facing wall is expected to be replaced in the coming days. Following a request for proposals during the winter, artist Jerry Rugg is to be in town this weekend to begin replacing the mural that faces Kristopher Campbell Memorial Skatepark. In the request it’s said that the mural was to be replaced using wood attached to the building, similar to the current mural. 

Work on the building itself is expected to be complete early in the fall. 

Updated: Sept 7, 6:34am. Updated mural info

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