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New committee hopes to restore downtown Brazil

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Brazil Main Street, Inc., members Pete Wilson (left) and Teresa Chaney discuss ideas at the committee's monthly meeting Thursday. [Order this photo]
Revitalization and organization are key words for Brazil Main Street, Inc.

The newly formed committee started meeting in September 2009 with the purpose of formulating ideas to help revitalize downtown Brazil.

"This will take years of dedication," committee member Stacy Gibbens said.

"The purpose is to have an organization that would support a downtown revitalization program."

Fifteen people attended Thursday's meeting.

While at the meeting, the committee approved its mission statement and by-laws.

The group will elect officers during its January meeting, which is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, at Chaney's Diner and Deli. The committee meets on the first Thursday of each month.

During Thursday's meeting, several ideas were tossed out as members continue to develop a plan to revitalize the downtown area.

"I see the potential for our downtown," Gibbens said. "This is definitely a group effort."

During the meeting, local businessman Tony Harper suggested the group set up two festivals for 2010, one in the spring and another in the fall, as fundraisers for the group.

"The main thing is that we get some money and get this thing rolling," Harper said.

For more information on the committee or to become a member, e-mail brazilmainstreet@yahoo.com.

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the roads would be a good place to start.

-- Posted by nobob on Thu, Dec 3, 2009, at 10:45 PM

I would like to see a October Fest like Terre Haute...

-- Posted by Criminology08 on Fri, Dec 4, 2009, at 1:09 AM

The annual Brazil Blues Festival 2010! Come and meet at the Crossroads!

-- Posted by coltsbeer on Fri, Dec 4, 2009, at 1:45 AM

Good Luck! I mean that sincerely.

I wish someone would buy the old Davis building. The last time I looked, it was cheaper than most houses are. But I'm sure the repairs and restoration will quickly make up for that. Still, this is (was) a solid building and could be used for multiple purposes. It is certainly a landmark in downtown and must be saved. The longer it stays empty and assumingly unheated, the harder it will be to rehabilitate.

I wish I was in a position to do it myself, because I would.

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Fri, Dec 4, 2009, at 7:20 AM

To ClayCountyGuy-I've looked at the Davis Building-and although it is owned by Historic Landmarks, and is on their "Endangered List"-since the roof needed to be replaced over thirty years ago, and never was (until Landmarks stepped in)there is so much damage in the building that the cost estimate of rehab was over ONE MILLION DOLLARS! It was a very beautiful building at one time, but it's not feasible of practical to be rehabbed. It is basically a "money pit". Which is sad. Because it has so much history. On another note, wished that those who actually own buildings on main street, would put their actions where their mouths are and rehab their own building instead of leaving it sitting empty! You know who you are! Long live Brazil!!

-- Posted by millertime on Fri, Dec 4, 2009, at 8:08 AM

The Davis Trust building had some unique features inside also. The floors were tile, the wainscots and stair steps marble, the banisters brass & the balusters cast iron. Upstairs there was a large atrium between offices with an enormous skylight. The upper half of the office walls were made of etched glass for privacy and to allow natural light to enter. It was arguably the most architecturally beautiful building on Main Street in it's day.

-- Posted by JimPell on Fri, Dec 4, 2009, at 11:17 AM

We need people to take care of things, this town has been let go for so long. It is a shame that some of our historical buildings are in such bad shape they cannot be fixed. I have lived here my entire life (36 years), and I hate it now because it has nothing for anyone to do. We need more things for our kids to do so they stay out of trouble and have more opportunities. They need more to do, it would help the drug problem. We need more restaurants instead of banks and gas stations! Then we wouldn't have to use all the gas sations we could stay in our own community to go eat and shop! I hope you have the support of our local government to do the things you need to do! Good Luck!

-- Posted by nurse92 on Sat, Dec 5, 2009, at 11:53 PM

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