Roger’s Store’ was a fixture in the Alcy Ball neighborhood for years. It was a place for neighbors to gather, rub shoulders, and connect. The store closed in 2018 and the building has been vacant. But now The Alcy Ball Development Corporation is hard at work giving the space new life as a meeting space for the community.
The Development Corporation plans to spend $200,000 to redevelop the building as a neighborhood hub. It will serve as the Development Corporation’s office, a meeting space for block clubs and a community classroom. The group also plans to install a kitchen to launch a budget-friendly cooking program focused on healthy eating.
The EDGE Economic Development Finance Committee approved a $25,000 Inner City Economic Development Loan to help the Development Corporation renovate the 1,936 square foot building by repairing the exterior façade and underlying brick masonry, installing mechanical equipment and an HVAC system, reconfiguring the parking lot, landscaping the site and completing interior renovations.
Development Corporation Executive Director, Seth Harkins and his team work continually with residents in the Alcy Ball community on:
Their vision is for an economically and socially restored Alcy Ball.