Downtown Conrad project to start

CONRAD – Construction is expected to begin next month on the major facade improvement project in downtown Conrad.

Work will be complete by the end of December on a makeover for 20 downtown store fronts.

“It’s going to be really fresh and new,” said Darla Ubben, program director of the Conrad Chamber-Main Street. “It’s a very exciting project.”

The nearly $800,000 project will utilize a $500,000 federal Community Development Block Grant. Thirty percent of the project is being paid for with city funds and 10 percent by the individual building owners.

Design plans have already been worked up for 20 front facade improvements and four rear facade updates.

Bids will be approved by June 13 with construction expected to start by June 17. As part of the grant, the project must be completed by the end of the year.

Ubben said they will have signage and special events downtown during the project to try to keep business thriving.

“We will let people know that, yes, the downtown is open,” Ubben said.

The project will include new windows, tuckpointing and overall aesthetic and structural improvements to the store fronts.

Ubben said she feels it will be a historic project and boost the future of the downtown.

“We are not going to see another project like this for 50 years,” she said.