2018-12-05 / Front Page

Sauder Village Announces $6.4 Million Main Street Second Phase


These pictures are artist conceptions of what Phase Two of the 1920s Main Street Commu nity at Sauder Village could look like by 2021. At left is the west side of Main Street; at right, These pictures are artist conceptions of what Phase Two of the 1920s Main Street Commu nity at Sauder Village could look like by 2021. At left is the west side of Main Street; at right, Sauder Village officials have announced the start of the second phase of the 1920s Main Street Community.

Jeanette Smith, director of sales and marketing, said the next part of the project will be done in stages, with completion targeted for 2021.

The second phase represents a $6.4 million investment.

In a press release, Debbie Sauder David, president and chief executive officer, said the Village received funding from the Ohio State capital appropriations bill, and other support, to begin construction.

“This phase will include moving the District 16 school and Dr. McGuffin’s office to their appropriate place along the time line, as well as construction of the foundations and exterior of the east and west Main Street buildings,” David said.


the east side. Phase Two of the project has a price tag of $6.4 million. A public fund drive has a goal of $1.6 million over the next three years.– graphics courtesy Sauder Village. the east side. Phase Two of the project has a price tag of $6.4 million. A public fund drive has a goal of $1.6 million over the next three years.– graphics courtesy Sauder Village. “A 1920s gas station and auto dealership is also being built.”

“From a soda fountain, candy shop, theater and grocery store, to a fire station, bank, hardware store and more, we are excited about our plans for the continued development of our 1920s Main Street Community,” said Andy Brodbeck, director of development.

Funding

Smith said the Village received $200,000 in state support, to be administered by the Ohio Facilities Commission.

Other money for Phase 2 has come from private donations.

She said Sauder Village officials are hoping a public capital campaign will raise about $1.6 million over the next three years to complete the project.

“When you think about how generous people have been, it is truly humbling, and we are so grateful for all the needed support that continues to come in and help make this project a reality,” Brodbeck said.

The $200,000 from the state will be used to construct the combined gas station and automobile dealership, which, hopefully, will be ready for the 2019 season, Smith said.

Also, officials hope to complete the livery stable, part of the first phase of the Main Street.

The school building and doctor’s office will be moved from the circle behind the Welcome Center building.

Additional buildings will be added or completed between 2020 and 2021.

The exact mix of buildings on the 1920s Main Street have not been finalized, Smith said.

Village officials are taking stock of what artifacts are in the Sauder Village collection, and what would be appropriate for display in the 1920s era.

The first phase of the 1920s Main Street Community was opened to the public, Sept. 15. It included the Elmira Depot building, a gazebo, and the A.W. Okuley Barbershop. The cost of that portion of the project was $1.5 million.

Circle

What will become of the spaces left on the circle after the school and doctor’s office have been moved?

Smith said the area is becoming a craft circle, where artisans will demonstrate their skills.

She noted the weavers shop had already been moved to the circle, along with the basket weaver, woodcarver, tinsmith, cooper, and spinning shop.

Village officials are still considering how to configure the circle.

There is also a large area in the northwest “corner” of the circle, where the Elmira Depot was located.

Smith said that area is being considered as an expanded entrance area, specifically for school buses.

Planning for that area is still underway, she said.

Walk Through Time

The 1920s Main Street Community is part of the village overall “Walk Through Time.”

In the press release, village officials said the “Walk Through Time” has been developed over the past 16 years, “with the help of staff, volunteers, contractors, donors and capital funding.

“Guests can experience more than 120 years of Great Black Swamp history while traveling from Natives and Newcomers, to the Pioneer Settlement, the Grime Homestead, and soon, even more of the 1920s,” officials said.

“We continue to look for new ways to immerse guests in authentic experiences that make history relevant to our lives today,” David said.

“We are excited to have contractors beginning their work on this project, so that we can move forward with our plans to share even more unique demonstrations and hands-on experiences with our guests as our 1920s Main Street is developed over the next few years.”–corrected  12.11.18

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