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Harris County to consider plan for downtown park renovation, lynching memorial

Harris County Commissioners Court on Tuesday is expected to approve a plan to transform a one-block park in downtown Houston into a memorial to four African-American men who were lynched during the Jim Crow era.

The proposal by Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis would use the entire block that contains Quebedeaux Park — between Fannin, Congress, San Jacinto and Franklin streets — into a place where he said visitors can remember racial terror of the past and reflect

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Springfield Preservation Trusts honors organizations, individuals for historic renovation projects

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Preservation Trust is conducting its annual awards ceremony on Sept. 30 to honor organizations and individuals for historic renovations.

The event it will be held remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic, and offered as a livestream on Facebook at 7 p.m.

The Preservation Awards honor individuals and organizations that help restore and preserve historic places in Springfield.

The Donald Courtemanche Award for Restoration will go to:

  • Listen Lynda LLC for the adaptive reuse of the historic Masonic Temple at 339 State St.
  • The city of Springfield for the restoration of the front stairs and decorative cornice at the Springfield Central Library, 220 State St.
  • DevelopSpringfield for the restoration of the Trinity Block, now known as the Springfield Innovation Center, at 276 Bridge St.
  • Icarian Real Estate Advisors for restoration of 120 Mill St.
  • Caron Management for stabilization of 116-120 Longhill St.
  • Jesse & Emila Lederman for
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Jackson Hilton Garden Inn unveils renovation | MS Business Journal



Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn in Downtown Jackson




The Hilton Garden Inn Jackson Downtown, an iconic historic hotel located in the heart of the city center, has completed renovations to its 7,321 square feet of meeting and event space, 186 guest rooms, full-service restaurant and bar, lobby and fitness center. A Mississippi Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and formerly known as the King Edward Hotel, the property is a symbol of Jackson’s downtown Renaissance and continues its legacy of offering classic charm and warm Southern hospitality to today’s travelers from around the world.  

Completed in July 2020 and designed to retain the hotel’s historical elegance, the renovations infuse a vibrant ambiance that resonates throughout the property. Nine meeting rooms and pre-function spaces, capable of hosting groups up to 300, received new carpeting, wallcoverings, seating, lighting, and window treatments. The venue space was expanded with the addition

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Softening lumber prices offer hope for homebuyers, renovation project builders

Analysts say recent softening of record high prices for lumber could translate into a little relief for homebuyers and do-it-yourselfers while continuing to spur high profits for producing companies.

RBC analyst Paul Quinn says a US$14 drop to US$941per thousand board feet in the North American framing lumber composite price on Friday represents the first weekly decline noted by industry watcher Random Lengths since April 10. In the same week last year, the price was US$367.

He says declines could be expected to continue in coming weeks, but pointed out the November lumber futures contract increased US$28 over the same week to US$607 per thousand board feet.

Kevin Mason, managing director of ERA Forest Products Research, says prices are levelling off after hitting record levels this summer because price-conscious buyers are delaying projects and the peak summer construction season is drawing to a close.

However, he said the change in

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DVIDS – News – Navy Lodge Corpus Christi Finishes Renovation


Navy Exchange Service Command’s (NEXCOM) Navy Lodge Program finished renovations at its Navy Lodge in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Sept. 4. The $1 million renovation includes new kitchens, bathrooms, vanity, closet doors, flooring, bedding and window treatments in 52 guest rooms.

Navy Lodges feature oversized guest rooms and family suites with onsite amenities such as vending machines, laundry area and workout room and children’s outside play area. Navy Lodges also offer guests free Wi-Fi and breakfast. Every Navy Lodge is accessible. As an added convenience, family pets up to 70 pounds in weight can stay at most Navy Lodges when traveling with its owner. Guests need to contact the specific Navy Lodge regarding its pet policies.

Authorized Navy Lodge guests on permanent change off station (PCS) orders can take advantage of a scratch-off card offering a 10%, 15%, 25% or 100% discount, up to 20 nights. A scratch-off card

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Anna Reynolds School renovation on the ballot for Newington voters

A $33.5 million renovation project for Anna Reynolds School will be decided by Newington voters when they go to the polls or send in their absentee ballots this election season.

The referendum question asks whether to approve $33.5 million in bonding for a renovate-to-new building project at the elementary school.

Local taxpayers would be responsible for up to $17.5 million of the cost of the project. School building grants from the state would cover the remaining cost. The town council voted unanimously to have the question added to the ballot.

If approved by voters, construction would begin in the summer of 2021 and be completed by December 2022. Students would attend the school during construction.

District officials and parents have been seeking upgrades to the school for several years as its condition has continued to deteriorate.

Built in 1954 and originally known as Northwest Elementary School, the 65,000-square-foot building

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Rothko Chapel closes Monday for 8-month renovation

If you have been thinking about visiting the Rothko Chapel soon, you’ll need to make it real soon.

Starting Monday, the landmark Houston art and spiritual site, which holds 14 monumental paintings by Mark Rothko, will close for a renovation project that will take all year to complete.

The Chapel will be open regular hours (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) on Thursdayand Sunday, March 3; with abbreviated hours Friday and Saturday, when the Rothko organization’s symposium “Toward a Better Future: Transforming the Climate Crisis” will occupy the space part of each day.

Public viewing hours are 1-6 p.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

The project will bring a reconfigured, more open entry space and a new central skylight designed to shed better light on the canvases. Across the street, work has begun on the site for a new welcome center and an energy house for the campus’ mechanical

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Kettering costs for police headquarters renovation rise $550K, draw questions

The “additional funds related to furniture, fixtures and equipment, as well as the actual renovation or construction,” Schwieterman told council last week. “During the construction Phase I, we encountered additional existing conditions that needed to be remedied” for the two-phase project.

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Kettering City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday night for the $550,000 in supplemental appropriations in an approval that came without questioning Schwieterman’s explanation. That money will come from the city’s reserve fund, officials said.

The city “made the decision to spend additional dollars to make those necessary repairs for the renovation,” Schwieterman told council. “We also had items related to furniture, fixtures and equipment – a couple of major items being the decision to go ahead and reconstruct and remodel the detective section as opposed to utilizing the pre-existing facility.”

However, resident Sterling Abernathy told council members he

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Finish in sight for new Badgers pool construction, Field House exterior renovation | College sports

When overseas entry to the U.S. is possible, the pool will be drained and the moveable floor installed.

The Badgers swimming and diving teams have competed at the Natatorium but had their training facilities at the now-demolished SERF. The Soderholm Family Aquatic Center also has a diving well, a video board and seating for around 1,000, King said.

UW Athletics paid $13.5 million toward the $96 million Nicholas Recreation Center for UW students and staff, which features 30,400 square feet of fitness space, eight full-size basketball courts and five multipurpose studios. It was slated to open last January but experienced weather and construction delays.



Wisconsin Athletics hits brakes on Camp Randall Stadium renovation

The $6 million Field House project includes new doors and windows, a cleaning of the exterior and construction of a new plaza outside the south entrance. It has been a priority for UW athletic director Barry Alvarez, who was critical of the crumbling walls

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Check out renovation progress at the iconic Salt Lake Temple

(Photo courtesy The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) The cables photographed here are stretched with tension by a… (Photo courtesy The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) The 1960s construction of the sealing addition, chapel and n… (Photo courtesy The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) In this July 2020 photo, crews dismantle the 1960s additions… (Photo courtesy The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) In this June 2020 photo, an auger is drilling a hole with th… (Photo courtesy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Piles of steel, copper, aluminum, stone and concrete are … (Photo courtesy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) The equipment photographed here calculates and lines up a… (Photo courtesy The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) As part of strengthening the temple foundation in preparatio… (Photo courtesy The Church of Jesus Christ

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