Sen. Zorn applauds grant for historic renovations to several buildings in downtown Adrian

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn announced on Tuesday that the city of Adrian will be able to help fund substantial historic renovations to exteriors of several downtown buildings thanks to a recently approved state grant.

“These funds will help Adrian continue its great work to revitalize downtown, which is outstanding news for the people of Adrian and the entire area,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Our downtown areas are the heartbeat of our communities, and I applaud the local leaders for working together with state officials to make this possible. By restoring these historic buildings, we can help encourage economic growth and attract more people to downtown Adrian.

“The Croswell Opera House was voted Michigan’s Favorite Theater, and this would help make it even better.”

The Michigan Strategic Fund awarded Adrian $1.45 million in Community Development Block Grant funds for needed façade improvements to six buildings in downtown Adrian. The project is expected to generate private investment of $558,533.

Funds for 127-129 E. Maumee St., owned by the Croswell Opera House and Fine Arts Association, would complete renovation of the existing façades as a part of a larger $6 million renovation to the theater.

Details about the project’s other buildings include:
• 110 E. Church St. — Owned by Lenawee County Historical Society. Restore more than 100 windows and two chimneys original to the building and reconstruct and repair the accessible entrance.
• 113 W. Maumee St. — Total façade rehabilitation on the front and back of a vacant, three-story building that was previously damaged by a fire.
• 118 W. Maumee St. — Exterior restoration of the three-story building previously damaged by a fire.
• 124 and 128 E. Maumee St. — Window replacement, masonry repair and removal and repair of corrosion of the north elevation window hoods, sills and columns.
• 150 N. Main St. — Masonry and eroded joint repairs and correcting previous owner’s poor quality renovations, such as replacing windows to match historic window configurations as documented in early 1900s photographs.