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Officials preview ideas for choice neighborhood transformation, remind that residents need to remain at the center

Upcoming initiatives in Newport News’ Marshall-Ridley neighborhood transformation efforts may include a seafood market, commercial kitchen and funds to help homeowners spruce up their properties to go along with new apartments and replacement of Ridley Circle apartments.

As officials reviewed building plans and progress, they expressed several times they needed to focus on the residents of the neighborhood.

The City Council held a work session Sept. 15 to discuss the Choice Neighborhood Initiative.

Ricky Burgess, a city councilman in Pittsburgh, advised the Newport News council to remember “(this) process is not primarily about housing — this is about transforming families and helping families so they have a greater chance at success.” Along with housing, Burgess, who helped lead choice neighborhood transformation efforts in Pittsburgh, said new construction there involved community and resource centers, access to transportation and a new charter school.

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Improvements Coming To Briarwood Recreation Center

September 25, 2020

Now that all of the new pool upgrades have been completed, Brookhaven is now focusing on improvements to the Briarwood Recreation Center itself.

At its regular business meeting on Sept. 22, the Brookhaven City Council unanimously approved a contract for Ambience Group in the amount of $84,911 for the renovation of the interior and gymnasium at the Briarwood Recreation Center. The improvements include:

  • Replace flooring throughout, including the resurfacing of the gym floor
  • Remodel men’s and women’s restroom with updated fixtures
  • Paint, replace, and repair trim fixtures of the interior common areas
  • Replace all exterior windows on the front and side of building
  • Replace the cabinets, countertops, sink, and shelving in the kitchen area.
  • The classroom and dance room get a facelift and equipment to enhance rental use

Work will begin in the next two weeks, and scheduled for completion by year’s end.

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During closure, Nature Center workers had a wild time adding a host of improvements

The peace and quiet that often prevails at WNC Nature Center recently seems … well, unnatural. But that’s the wild reality during the course of a pandemic.

“It’s surreal, actually,” director Chris Gentile said. “You know, we’ve had the place to ourselves now for about six months. And the animals are wondering where everybody is.”

But, while the center was closed, two employees saw an opening.

“What a difference a day makes,” said Eddie Martinez, a maintenance technician.

He and facilities curator Jason Marshall took advantage of a mostly empty facility and completed a host of improvements.

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WNC NATURE CENTER ANNOUNCES REOPENING PLANS

The result of their efforts is everything from landscaping to concrete work, improving the experience for visitors when they do come back.

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Improvements being made at Corinne T. Smith Animal Center in Brownwood



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The Corinne T. Smith Animal Center in Brownwood was over capacity earlier this year and was in need of some love. 

Leona Cleveland, the shelter director, said the capacity in this facility is 70 dogs, but when she took over in March there were 144 dog on the premises. 



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Now, she says they have found safe homes for many of their furry friends and are at a number where animals have their own spaces. 

“Our dogs get out for yard exercise at least once a day now so they aren’t as stressed out in the kennels,” Cleveland said. “They are happier and quieter.”



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Shelter Coordinator Tinya Thomas, wears many hats in the center with handling volunteers, fosters and rescues.

“With our shelter at the previous state it was in, a lot of our rescue relations

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Home & Remodeling Show returns this weekend to St. Charles Convention Center | St. Charles County Suburban Journals

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The 40th anniversary Builders Home & Remodeling Show, presented by LP® Smartside® Trim & Siding, returns this weekend to the St. Charles Convention Center, according to a press release.

The show, which will take place Sept. 25-27, at the convention center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, in St. Charles, has what people need to plan and complete their home, yard and garden projects in one convenient location.

Local companies bring countless experts to this event who offer valuable home improvement knowledge and advice. It will allow area companies and consumers to connect and easily get that next project started.

For the show’s producer, the Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri, the safety of show attendees and exhibitors is top of mind.

A clean, well-thought-out environment will be a place for local companies to get back to business and for homeowners to access

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Mauldin plans cultural center renovation

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Mauldin is planning major renovations for the city’s Cultural Center, with a new lobby with a bar and an outdoor plaza among some of the potential changes on the way.

The City Council approved the planned improvements unanimously at its regular meeting Monday. 

“It’s been hugely important to the quality of life of our city,” said Van Broad, the city’s community development director.

The Cultural Center is key for connectivity in the city and business development and recruitment, he said.

Mauldin’s Cultural Center, which was formerly a school building, was purchased by the city in the mid-2000s and its role as a hub for city events has continued to grow over time, with a children’s theater company performing for sell-out audiences and community groups leasing space there. Outside, an amphitheater area has been home to the city’s popular Beachin

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KNOWLEDGE CENTER: How to choose the right loan to remodel your home, make a large purchase or consolidate debt | Business

With so much talk around home buying and refinance rates driving the housing market this summer and fall, many want to capitalize on the low rates. Homeowners are choosing to make improvements to their existing houses to accommodate remote working and schooling, or other comforts to gain more living space.

There are great options for homeowners with projects of any size, from a small kitchen facelift to finishing basements or attics to make them livable areas. Other homeowners who have equity in their homes but don’t need to renovate may choose to consolidate debt or make a large purchase.

Are you looking to renovate your home? Happy with your home but interested in a boat, RV or debt consolidation?

Here are some financing options to consider.

Home Equity Loan

Looking for predictable, fixed payments and the flexibility to use your home’s equity in a variety of ways? If you answered

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How the pandemic has put flexibility front and center in home design

“While there are definitely some design changes we’re making, we also want to be careful of an overreaction to the current situation and design things that don’t make sense 18 months from now,” says Bill Ramsey, a principal with KTGY Architecture and Planning in Denver.

“For example, home schooling is a big issue right now, but we don’t see that as a long-term need so we’re not designing homes with a school room as part of the floor plan,” he adds. “Instead, we’re focused on flexibility so that there is a place to do virtual school in the short term that can work for some other need in the future.”

Dining room conversion

Just as we’ve learned to pivot and adjust to a new way of living, so have our homes. Now architects are taking into account the way people are using their homes to make new designs more relevant.

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Glenview Community Ice Center unveils $30M renovation at grand opening

The grand opening for the 86,000-square-foot, $30.1 million renovated Glenview Community Ice Center that was 15 months in the making took place Saturday.

The center at 1851 Landwehr Road nearly doubles the size of the original 45,000-square-foot facility, which was built in 1972 and underwent a smaller-scale renovation in 2008.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

A second 200-foot by 85-foot NHL-sized rink with seating for 500 spectators was added to the extensively renovated facility. The original NHL-sized rink, which now seats 150 spectators, and a 90-foot by 60-foot studio rink were retained and were also part of the renovation.

“It’s an extremely exciting day,” said Michael McCarthy, executive director of the Glenview Park district. “So many people worked so hard to pull this construction project off under extreme circumstances.

“And now it’s a reality.”

COVID-19 restrictions that started in March caused supply-chain and worksite issues, but despite those obstacles, the project was completed on time

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Once-trumpeted $150M Simon Cancer Center to be empty by 2026

INDIANAPOLIS — The air was full of promise and excitement when hundreds of people, including some of Indiana’s top power players, gathered on Aug, 21, 2008, to dedicate the $150 million Simon Cancer Center, a sparkling addition to the IUPUI campus.

A jazz ensemble played in the lobby as people milled around the modern, five story-building, inspecting the outpatient infusion stations decked out with fireplaces, the surgical suites with the latest equipment, and a 45-foot mobile suspended from the ceiling in the heart of the building.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

‘Today as we dedicate this building, we celebrate the patients and families whose hope rests on the shoulders of our remarkable physicians,’ Indiana University President Michael McRobbie told the crowd.

Under one roof, more than 200 physicians and researchers would offer the latest in cancer care, research and education, bringing together experts that had been scattered throughout various buildings, into a handsome home connected

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