Downtown Beloit Association: Best Adaptive Reuse Project

DBA names award winners
By Daily News staff
Published: Friday, March 25, 2011 11:52 AM CDT

The Downtown Beloit Association honored many at its annual meeting

The Downtown Beloit Association honored several individuals and businesses Thursday night at the organization’s annual meeting.

Award winners include:

Best Exterior Renovation — Domenico’s Italian Restaurant, owned by Peter Gabriele, for the complete transformation of the exterior and signage at the popular Italian eatery, located at 547 E. Grand Ave.

Best New Business — The Little Green Dress, owned by Jackie Gennett. The consignment boutique is located at 408 E. Grand Ave., and offers a collection of women’s and men’s gently used, upscale clothing and accessories.

Best Business Expansion — My Apartment, owned by Betsy Schmiechen and Sue Beck, a second-floor extension of The Villager Gallery and Frame Shop. The shop offers a variety of unique goods, antique and new.

Best Public Improvement Project — The City of Beloit, for new “wayfinding” signage. The project replaced older rundown signage with new materials, contributing to portray Beloit as a bright, progressive and welcoming community.

Best Upper Floor Housing Project — Dante Development, for the transformation of 110 W. Grand Ave. The site now includes two upper apartments and overlooks the Rock River. Dante is owned by Dan Boutelle, Bill Dorr and Terry Monahan.

Volunteer of the Year — Danielle Clifton, who has been volunteering her time for the DBA the past five years. She has been instrumental in such projects as the Grand Lighted Holiday Parade and the Street Dance.

Volunteer of the Year — A second award went to Bruce Slagoski, with the City of Beloit Department of Public Works. He has helped the DBA in his capacity with the city, while also volunteering many hours of his personal time to assist with projects.

Chairman’s Award — Jeff Adams, whose work with Beloit 2020 and Friends of the Riverfront has helped transform the central city. Adams was hailed as a “constant thinker and activist for the vision of a better Beloit.”

Executive Director Kathleen Braatz also announced that the DBA has been named a semi-finalist for the Great American Main Street Award, the highest honor a Main Street development can achieve. There will be five winners across the nation, to be announced in May.

As part of the competition the DBA developed a brief film, titled “Be In It,” which was shown to appreciative reviews Thursday evening.

She also explained a number of the DBA’s other initiatives throughout the year, ranging from well-known events like the Farmers Market and Holidazzle, to partnering to present business seminars and programs on preservation and design practices.

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Best Adaptive Reuse Project and Best Interior Design Project — The Hendricks Center for the Arts, located in the old

Beloit Public Library at the corner of Pleasant Street and Grand Avenue. The building was rehabilitated by the late Ken

Hendricks and Diane Hendricks, and donated to Beloit College. At 58,000 square feet it is second in size only to the

Center for the Sciences among college facilities. The gift to the college is valued at $6.9 million, with the renovation

project alone costing around $4 million. The award was made jointly to Diane Hendricks and Beloit College.