Oregon Main Street announced its 2021 “Excellence on Main” award winners last week. A total of twenty-one businesses, projects, partners, and people were recognized. The Best Adaptive Reuse Award went to the 999 N. Front Street building owned by Heidi Sause.
The 999 N. Front Street project leveraged a Building Improvement Grant from the Coos Bay Urban Renewal Agency to salvage and restore a mostly vacant, blighted, and collapsing 1930s waterfront warehouse. Sixty-two local tradesmen, representing 21 different businesses worked for over a year, providing expertise, talent, and labor in the restoration of this building. The 16,000 square foot warehouse was converted into individual, unique, and affordable workspaces. A video overview of the project was shown at the award ceremony:
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The rejuvenated building is now home to the following businesses:
1. Josie’s Art Lab
2. The Plate LLC
3. Clockwork Octopus Studios - Art Gallery
4. 11:11 Tattoo Studio
5. Mona Dunham’s Body Massage & Yoga
6. Zimm’s Blade & Fade Barbershop
7. Acting Up Academy
8. Blueridge Strategies
Several of these enterprises are new to Coos Bay. Most of the internal building materials were all repurposed from the renovation of the structure to bring it up to code. This is the second building that Sause has purchased, rejuvenated, and put back into productive use in downtown Coos Bay. The other building is located at 737 N. Front Street and is home to Front Street Provisioners.
-Joe Benetti, Mayor of Coos Bay