Posts Tagged ‘John Ott’

Back in 1987, my first editor Tommy Martin told me I didn’t have to know everything, I just had to have people willing to give me a call when something happened. The tip for this article didn’t come from someone calling me but through my connections within the community.

One of my hobbies in an interest in historic buildings, which you can see through another one of my websites, columbiahistoricplaces.com

But it’s through this connection that I learned Missouri Preservation was going to honor John and Vicki Ott’s company, Alley A Realty, for its redevelopment of the Berry Building. Once a warehouse for grocery items unloaded at the nearby railroad depot, now a bus station, the 1924 building was derelict when the Otts bought it. After a $3 million renovation, the building is now occupied by PS: Gallery, Wilson’s Fitness and 12 luxury loft apartments as well as other businesses.

This redevelopment was honored by Missouri Preservation, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting historic preservation.

This is only the fourth Columbia building honored by Missouri Preservation, but it is the Otts’ 11th redevelopment project in downtown Columbia.

While journalists like me work to remain objective, it is also part of our job to stay connected.

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What I love about journalism is helping people make sense out of things that are happening, such as historic renovation.

Many of us love old buildings, but as the song says, sometimes we also ask ourselves what’s love gotta to do with it.

That’s when it is nice to be able to point to research and information that shows certain things also make economic sense. And that’s what this article does with historic renovation. Columbia’s City Council’s Historic Preservation names properties to a list of Notable Properties every year. For years I’ve been going to the gala event where they announce the new names to the list.

This year I wrote this article outlining how naming these properties and supporting restoration of such buildings actually helps all of us economically.

Read the article here:

http://www.columbiabusinesstimes.com/7099/2010/02/19/notable-properties/

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