STATE CENTER - The restoration-happy volunteers in State Center are at it again.
The town is again restoring an old building to give a nod to the past and to spruce up a building downtown which has deteriorated.
The Woods Hospital building is being restored as part of a project led by the State Center Development Association, with an expected cost of $250,000. The work began approximately a year ago and will continue for the next year to try to restore to the look of 1911, when the building at 110 and 112 W. Main St. was built.
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State Center Mayor Harlan Quick looks over the restoration work being done to the former Woods Hospital building in downtown State Center recently. The restoration project is being led by the State Center Development Association.
The SCDA selected the building for its next project due to the fact it had structural issues.
"The front was falling off of it," said Everett Halsted, director of the SCDA. "It was the next worst building."
Like the organization did with the recent Brimhall building, the plan is to restore it then sell it and use the money for the next project. This project is a win-win for the town as the 2,000 square foot building gets much needed attention and the historical value remains.
It appears State Center leaders feel they are better off to restore structures than pay to tear them down and have a vacant lot or the cost to rebuild entirely.
"It's kind of what makes us unique from other possible locations," said State Center Mayor Harlan Quick. "It's taking advantage of what's here."
The building started as offices for three doctors in the early 1900s. It became a hospital and through the years has been home to a nursing home, barber shop, law offices and several different restaurants.
It has been vacant since 2005 and this project is getting a boost from the state historical tax credits and a matching grant.
Though skilled workers are being hired for the project, it is being led by volunteers, like Halsted.
"Our volunteers are happy to do something that improves our community," he said. "We want to make it the best little town that we can."