Monuments to yesteryear: Restoring downtown Danville buildings adds value, money for the entire community.
Old buildings, rows upon rows of them.
Musty, old-fashioned and usually in dire need of repair.
We have a downtown full of old buildings and they don’t seem to have any life left — just a reminder of generations gone by. Why would anyone spend time trying to bring them back to life? Why don’t we just tear them down?
These are just a few things you hear in this business of revitalizing historic downtowns. It can be hard to understand the value of these monuments to yesteryear. But what if I were to tell you that, by leaving them empty and not taking time and effort to find new uses and bring them back to glory, that our community would be losing funds that could be used for schools, infrastructure and public safety all over the city?