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Historic Pine Orchard Chapel undergoes necessary renovation | News

BRANFORD — History has a way of repeating itself. At least in the case of the Pine Orchard Union Chapel.

Back in 1897, money was raised for the construction of the chapel. The Wallace brothers donated the land, neighbors held parties to raise $1,600 and children dug and sold clams and raised nearly $7 for the project.

Now, with extensive renovations needed to preserve the building, neighbors are again working together to raise money. And, they will see their donations at work when the groundbreaking for the restoration project takes place 11 a.m., Oct. 19, at the chapel.

This past summer, Sienna Torella raised some $4,000 selling homemade, fresh pink lemonade, along with tie-dyed masks, bandanas and shirts.

Her slogan, “Raise a Glass of Lemonade to Save Our Beloved Chapel.”

The Mary R. Tisko School third grader talked about the importance of this neighborhood.

“People have a lot of weddings

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Downtown’s historic Hotel Paso del Norte opens after long-delayed renovation

After more than three years of a sometimes troubled, multimillion-dollar renovation, the 107-year-old Hotel Paso del Norte has opened.

Hotel Paso del Norte General Manager talks about the historic hotel’s renovation

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The 351-room, Marriott Autograph Collection hotel had been scheduled to reopen in 2018, but the project was delayed by construction problems and COVID-19 business restrictions.

The hotel opened at 11 a.m., Oct. 8.  A ribbon-cutting event is scheduled Oct. 15 at the hotel, located at South El Paso Street and San Antonio Avenue in Downtown.

“Once in a great while, you happen upon a place that captures time and everything that is good about life. That’s the feeling people (will) experience” at the hotel, Carlos Sarmiento, the hotel general manager, said in a statement.



a traffic light with a building in the background: The dome bar at the Hotel Paso del Norte retained the historic charm with updated, more modern decor.


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The dome bar at the Hotel Paso del Norte retained the historic charm

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BoB in historic benchmark rate cut

Businesses, banks and household on Thursday midday received the much anticipated announcement from Bank of Botswana Governor, Moses Pelaelo, who said the central bank has decided to reduce the Bank Rate by 50 basis points from 4.25 percent to 3.75 percent.

This is the second 50 basis points cut this year after the April cut from 4.25 percent to 4.75 percent. This Thursday cut is the record lowest since 2006, two years before global recession. The two cuts this year were seen as intervention to cushion the economic impact of Covid-19.
Covid-19 and its new normal to most business activities shifted most macroeconomic dynamics and dimension; this recent cut according to the central bank is meant to support the domestic economy which is backed against the wall by inflationary pressures.

The headline inflation remained steady at 1 percent in August and well below the lower bound of the Bank’s objective

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The State’s Largest Historic Renovation in Downtown Dallas Lights Up

Ten years ago, the vertical white lights on the former First National Bank tower were turned off after the building closed. Now the 55-year-old Elm Street landmark is being transformed as part of a $450 million redevelopment project. Award-winning real estate firm Todd Interests is developing office spaces for tenants like Downtown Dallas Inc., as well as luxury apartments, restaurants, retail, and a 219-room Thompson Hotel. Renamed The National, the 52-story high-rise is scheduled to open by the end of this year. The lights have already been turned back on.

This is one of the state’s largest adaptive reuse projects, and DDI will stake its claim on a bottom floor space that will be visible from the street. This has for years been downtown’s largest vacant block, a monstrous building covered in fencing whose developers just couldn’t get the financing to make what they called the Drever a reality. But

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This Historic Home Doubled in Value After a Subtle Renovation

It doesn’t matter how perfect your home is—if your listing photos don’t stand out, potential buyers won’t come by to take a look. In our series “Lessons From Listing Photos,” we dissect the smart updates sellers have made to their homes, and how their listing pictures highlight the home’s best assets.

There’s something remarkable about an original Craftsman house—especially in a city like Portland, OR, where the old houses are as treasured as the beautiful landscape. The neighborhood of Irvington, in northeastern Portland, is actually home to the largest collection of historical homes in the state, including this massive five-bedroom, three-bathroom Craftsman built in 1912.

Through the decades, the owners had maintained many historical architectural touches, but the property was desperately in need of updating in 2013, when it was sold for $762,000. Luckily, the buyers knew exactly how to modernize it while honoring its past. And when it came

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Renovation Planned For Historic Rocca Building

Jamestown, CA — The Tuolumne County Historic Preservation Review Commission will hold a public hearing about a project planned in downtown Jamestown.

The owners of the historic Rocca Building at 18228 Main Street are requesting to receive a “historic conditional use permit for a hotel and restaurant renovation.” The applicant is Tim Finicle, and the property owners are Sul and Tasleem Sayyed.

The project calls for repainting the front exterior with black, white, gold and white-washed colors. A new sign, and decorative fencing, would be added to the second story balcony. The building would be extended by 8 feet at the rear, and a nearby shed would be demolished. Also, along the back, decking would be constructed to match the front of the building, stairs and a ramp would be added, and there would be new landscaping

A Community Development Department review found that the project

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Downtown’s historic Hotel Paso del Norte to open Thursday after long-delayed renovation

After more than three years of a sometimes troubled, multimillion-dollar renovation, the 107-year-old Hotel Paso del Norte is set to open Thursday, hotel officials announced.

The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Plaza grand opening

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The 351-room, Marriott Autograph Collection hotel had been scheduled to reopen in 2018, but the project was delayed by construction problems and COVID-19 business restrictions.

The hotel is scheduled to open at 11 a.m., Thursday. A ribbon-cutting event is scheduled Oct. 15 at the hotel, located at South El Paso Street and San Antonio Avenue in Downtown.

“Once in a great while, you happen upon a place that captures time and everything that is good about life. That’s the feeling people (will) experience” at the hotel, Carlos Sarmiento, the hotel general manager, said in a statement.

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The hotel features the elegant Dome

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Historic Hotel Paso del Norte opening in Downtown after renovation

Vic Kolenc, El Paso Times
Published 6:00 a.m. MT Oct. 8, 2020

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Paul L. Foster and his wife Alejandra de la Vega opened their latest project, The Plaza Pioneer Plaza in downtown El Paso. The iconic Trost hotel had been closed for almost 30 years.

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After more than three years of a sometimes troubled, multimillion-dollar renovation, the 107-year-old Hotel Paso del Norte is set to open Thursday, hotel officials announced.

The 351-room, Marriott Autograph Collection hotel had been scheduled to reopen in 2018, but the project was delayed by construction problems and COVID-19 business restrictions.

A ribbon-cutting event is scheduled Oct. 15 at the hotel, located at South El Paso Street and San Antonio Avenue in Downtown.

“Once in a great while, you happen upon a place that captures time and everything that is good about life. That’s the feeling people (will) experience” at the hotel,

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A Quaint Remodel: New To Market In Historic Niles

FREMONT, CA — Homes this sweet don’t hit the market too often in the old railroad town of Niles. And even better, this one, a remodeled, two-bedroom, is within walking distance of Main Street.

Priced at $837,738, the 1,385-square-foot residence dates to 1922 and still retains its period charm, including a vintage-vibe range in the kitchen.

A portion of the detached and finished garage could be transformed into an in-law suite, as well, for an added bonus, according to the listing.

Take a peek, and don’t miss the mini outdoor kitchen in the backyard — a space just waiting to be transformed into a cozy gathering spot.

Follow listing link for more photos and info.

  • Address: 332 Riverside Ave, Fremont, California
  • Price: $837,738
  • Square Feet: 1385
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2 Baths
  • Built: 1922
  • Features: Adorable quiet river side home in historic Niles has only had one other owner and is
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Historic courthouse renovation gets a boost

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    Historic courthouse renovation gets a boost (WNEP) — It is a boost to preserve history in Northumberland County: a $100,000 grant for Northumberland County from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

That money will go toward preserving the historic county courthouse in Sunbury.

“We’ve been working on this courthouse, trying to get grants, trying to get money for probably the last year. We’ve had engineers come in, do studies,” said Northumberland County Commissioner Sam Schiccatano.

In total, the state gave out more than $2.5 million to preserve and restore historical spots all over Pennsylvania.

Northumberland County leaders say their grant will go toward fixing up the outside of the courthouse, which dates to 1865.

“Our courthouse and our prison was the location of the last conviction and execution of the last ‘Molly Maguire,’ which is a really interesting fact which I never knew,

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