Ken and Jan Riney received the Mayor's Community Improvement Award Tuesday for the renovation they've done on properties they own on National Ave.
The Riney's have completed frontage work on buildings at 537, 535, 533 and 531 E. National Ave. The first two buildings house Computer Central and Jackson Hewitt Tax Service. The front of those structures were painted a warm, pleasant taupe and peach.
The two store fronts just west of Jackson Hewitt, were redone in mauve and aqua. New exterior lamps have been installed on all the buildings. The structures at 533 and 531 will be available for rent for commercial purposes when interior renovation has been completed.
The Rineys just purchased those two buildings in February. Ken said he, his wife and her son, Shane, are doing much of the work themselves on weekends so it may be a couple months yet before the work is done. Ken suggested that anyone interested in renting the properties may want to call the Rineys now, however, at (812) 234-0712.
"We could design the interior for their specific needs if we know what they're going to want," Ken said.
When asked why so much effort was put into the front of the buildings, Jan said, "They were in such bad shape. It had to be done."
But Jan's decorative talents added an unexpected congenial visual tone to the south side of main street. Arthur spoke about why he picked the Rineys for the Improvement Award and the effects their remodeling has had.
"I chose the Rineys' project basically because of the work they've done on the facade. They really made them look sharp. It's like somebody turned a light bulb on in downtown Brazil."