Grant Sought To Renovate Watertown Building

Grant Sought To Renovate Watertown Building

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Renovating a downtown Watertown building - that's what the new owners of 75 Public Square, the former Wind and Wire Music building, want to do. 

Owners Ken Bodah and Mike Pierce asked the city to apply for a $500,000 state grant on their behalf so they can restore the building. 

City council agreed and sent in an application at the end of July. The grant would be used for the first phase of the project.

"Replacement of the roof, some foundation repairs, improvements to the HVAC system, plumbing, electrical and then build out a commercial space on the basement level which actually opens out to the J.B. Wise parking lot," said Watertown Planning & Community Development Director Mike Lumbis.

The owners want the building for commercial use. 

The project total is just over a million dollars. Lumbis says he hopes the city and the owners hear back about grant funding by December.

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