News Release 11/20

September 25, 2020

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Zurcher Building Rehabilitation Project begins September 28th

Downtown Marceline project to take approximately 3 months

 

Marceline, MO - On Monday, September 28, 2020, the Downtown Mainstreet Organization will embark on a historic evolution to save the iconic Zurcher Building through a $180,000 stabilization and rehabilitation project.  Effective Monday, the sidewalk and parking places along Main Street USA in front of the building will be cordoned off with barricades and cones to ensure the safety of the public.  These areas will be restricted from public use for approximately three months, or until the work is complete.

 

Built in 1899, 123 Mainstreet USA, originally served Marceline with a bank on the first floor and the Knights of Pythias meeting hall on the second floor.  By 1905 Percy Wilkins establishes a jewelry store on the first floor and by 1909 the store passes on to Albert Zurcher. Mr. Zurcher continued to serve the community for an astonishing 64 years, selling not only jewelry, but also eyeglasses, cameras, TVs, and appliances.

 

With any building of its age, time has taken its toll on this iconic building.  To prevent the loss of this buildings, as seen in surrounding communities, the Downtown Marceline (501c3) Organization acquired the building and contracted engineering services to determine the extent of the threat and what corrective actions were required.  It was determined that major work was needed to ensure that the building would maintain structural stability and remain an iconic feature in the community.  The Downtown Marceline Organization has further contracted Staat Inc. to make these necessary repairs.

 

To help pay for these repairs, the Downtown Marceline Organization will begin an SOS (Save our Story) fundraising campaign to be announced in the near future.  For more information, contact Toni Sportsman at (660) 734-8028 or visit www.DowntownMarceline.org

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Media contact information:

Toni Sportsman

Executive Director, Downtown Marceline

Phone:  (660) 734-8028  toni.sportsman@downtownmarceline.org