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Community Celebrates Ribbon-Cutting at Trolley Place Restoration

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Des Moines, IA (October 2012) – Neumann Brothers, along with the Oskaloosa Downtown Development Group, LLC. (ODD) recently celebrated the restoration of the Trolley Place building in downtown Oskaloosa with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

The original Trolley Place was a series of buildings that were named after the trolley lines, both horse-drawn and electric that served the Oskaloosa community beginning in the late 1800s. In 2005, the Oskaloosa Downtown Development Group purchased the buildings for restoration. The recently completed first phase added six apartments and restored 7,200 square feet of commercial space. The second phase (no start date identified yet) will include additional living and gathering space.

The $5 million project is being funded by five federal, state and local grant and rebate programs, state and federal historic tax credits, housing enterprise zone tax credits, a bank loan and in-kind contributions from local businesses and volunteers. The trolley place project was made possible because of dozens of partners who contributed their time, expertise, vision and resources toward a renaissance of the building. Construction on the project began in December and was completed earlier this month.

“This building was a great challenge in the expedited timeframe – we encountered a substantial amount of structural issues that when uncovered had to be resolved quickly. The entire project team rose to the occasion and truly made this project a success,” said Project Manager Mark Thompson. “We had a great group of local subcontractors and suppliers that all came together to bring new life to this great project. The city of Oskaloosa and the ODD Group should be very proud of their work and commitment to restore this historic building.“

“Restoration work is one of our specialties,” said Marshall Linn, Neumann Brothers President and CEO. “The Trolley Place project exemplifies the detailed work that goes into restoring a building back to its original beauty and the ability to combine a team that can fast-track through and properly restore the uncovered conditions to give the building another 100 years.”

Neumann Brothers, Inc. is a general contractor in Des Moines, Iowa specializing in pre-construction and construction services including, historical renovation, new construction, tenant improvements, industrial & millwright services and design-build construction. This year, Neumann Brothers is celebrating their 100th anniversary.