Economic Development promotes Brick Fundraiser

The Galena Economic Development Committee of Galena, Kansas is getting ready to kick off a unique fundraising drive to help complete the restoration of downtown.
“This project has been several years in the making.” states Chad Abram, Project Coordinator. “Phase 1 was completed several years ago and not the time is come to see the project completed.” In 2012, Phase 1 which stretched from 8th street to 4th Street was completed which included new drainage systems, new sidewalks, installation of old fashioned lamp posts as well as the remilling and resurfacing of Main Street.
“Since our Main Street is located on Historic Route 66 we decided to create a fundraising campaign based on that”, stated Abram. Beginning April 15th anyone will be able to order a personalized paver that will be placed in the sidewalks along Route 66. The goal is to raise $350,000 to complete the remaining sections which runs from 4th Street to Front Street.
There will be two sizes of bricks to choose from. The first is a 4×8 standard brick that will sell for $50 and the second is a 8×8 brick that will sell for $100. This bricks can be engraved with personal messages or in memory of. In addition the City of Galena has granted that bricks purchased to honor Veteran’s be placed in Veteran’s Park which is also located on Route 66. “Veteran Bricks should be placed in a place of honor and their sacrifice will not be forgotten”, states Abram. The Veteran’s Bricks will be incorporated into the memorial area that is set up on the city complex grounds. Anyone purchasing a brick will have the options to also purchase a replica brick as well as purchase placement. The placement option allows a purchaser to have their brick placed in a certain location on Main Street.
The main ordering will be done online through the campaign website: galenakansasbricks.com If you chose to use an order form you will be able to download an order form beginning April 15th from the website as well as picking one up at local merchants in Galena. Orders forms may also be picked up from City Hall. Accepted forms of payment will be check, money orders and credit cards.
This project has been the idea of Abram. “I wanted a way that our community to get involved and have a personal attachment to this project. Phase 1 had a tremendous impact on our community. We have seen our downtown grow with many new businesses. If the heart of your community is beating strong (downtown) businesses take notice. We’ve seen that. And with the completion of Phase 2 the additional growth will only continue.”
Get Your Brick on Route 66 Campaign begins April 15th. Visit galenakansasbricks.com for more information.

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