MARSHALL - All they wanted to do was fit in with the rest of Marshall's downtown.
For the last few months, 5th and Main LLP, owned by Kevin Ohme and Charlie Aufenthie, has done a remodeling project to the building that houses Lyon County Abstract and Title, Banker's Equipment and Tom Haynes' appraisal service.
"The Marshall downtown looks so nice, and we have a dominant corner here," Ohme said.
Photo by Cindy Votruba
Work continues in the building at the corner of Fifth and Main Streets, which houses Lyon County Abstract and Title, Banker’s Equipment and Tom Haynes’ appraisal service. The owners expect most of the exterior work to be done by the end of the month.
Ohme said the building, which has contained everything from a service station to an upholstery business, needed some work to look like the rest of downtown.
"It was tan brick and green metal up on the top," Ohme said. "What we're trying to do is put on a new face."
"We're just trying to bring it into a newly-refurbished building," Aufenthie said.
So in May, Ohme said he and Aufenthie started pursuing funds through the city of Marshall to rehabilitate the building. Aufenthie said they also paid out-of-pocket for the renovations.
Ohme said the brick facade was ripped off, which was showing cracks and structural deficiencies.
"Then it escalated into something larger...new windows," Ohme said. "It becomes evident if you're going to make that kind of improvement, you should replace the energy-robbing doors and windows, sidewalks, outdoor lighting and landscaping."
Aufenthie and Ohme said other things appeared when the facade came off.
"The original building had eight doors coming into it," Ohme said.
Ohme said he and Aufenthie hired mainly local companies for the project, Tutt Construction as the general contractor, along with Mark Deutz Construction, St. Aubin Drywall, Buysse Roofing, and Southwest Glass and Coleman Electric, which are less than a block from the building.
"We're kind of a neighborhood project," Ohme said.
Ohme said the windows will have a new, updated appearance, which includes Efis (exterior insulation finishing system) siding.
"The corner will have transom windows and we're replacing the aluminum window frames with bronze and bronze-tinted glass," Ohme said. "It will be more modern-looking."
The future plan, Ohme said, is to build an additional, handicap-accessible bathroom in the building and moving some of the doorways inside."
Aufenthie said the Efis siding should be mostly complete by the end of November.
"By the end of the month, it should be looking pretty sharp," Aufenthie said.