Sheboygan Falls and Heartland win Main Street Awards

 
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Note: The following is an excerpt from the Sheboygan Press, dated 5/3/1998.
 
Sheboygan Falls has brought home two more honors for its downtown revitalization efforts. Two local projects were recognized by Gov. Tommy Thompson and the Wisconsin Department of Commerce during ceremonies in Madison last week honoring 10 years of the Wisconsin Main Street program.
Brickner Woolen Mills
Brickner Woolen Mills
The Main Street program is a national community development initiative encouraging downtown revitalization, economic development and historic preservation.
The Sheboygan Falls Main Street program was honored for "Best Overall Design Achievement" among the state's 33 Main Street programs during the past 10 years. The award recognizes the overall design and improvements made within the downtown area. Sheboygan Falls' Main Street program was one of five programs to be honored nationally in 1995 with a "Great American Main Street Award" sponsored by the Edward D. Jones Company.
In addition, Heartland Properties, Inc. was honored for "Best Downtown Adaptive Reuse Project" of the past decade for the company's Brickner Woolen Mills historic rehabilitation. Heartland Properties, in cooperation with the City of Sheboygan Falls, Sheboygan Falls Chamber-Main Street and the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, purchased and renovated the 119-year-old mill, converting it into 34 affordable apartment homes. The project was one of the first investments in the Sheboygan Falls Main Street program and anchors the downtown area.
Jim Fasse, President of Sheboygan Falls Chamber-Main Street Board of Directors, said the recognition was further evidence of the community's commitment to downtown revitalization.
"We have always been very progressive when it comes to retaining and showcasing the value of our beautiful historic properties," Fasse said. "These honors are a further indication that our efforts rank among the best in the entire state during the past decade.
"This award really recognizes not just our downtown, but also the commitment of many dedicated people in our community."
Ruth Domack, president of Heartland Properties, also acknowledged the community's support in making the Brickner Woolen Mills project and award possible.
"Heartland Properties has received tremendous support from Sheboygan Falls over the years, so it is especially nice to receive a statewide honor that demonstrates how effective our partnership has been," she said. "We are pleased that we can make a contribution to Sheboygan Falls through this project, and appreciate the community's support in helping to make this project a success."
Heartland Properties, a subsidiary of Interstate Energy Corp., doing business as Alliant, invests in and sponsors affordable housing initiatives to meet the needs of communities served by Alliant Utilities in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Heartland Properties has sponsored and performed asset management on $300 million of development representing more than 5,000 units of high-quality affordable housing. Heartland Properties can be found on the internet at www.heartland-properties.com.
Alliant ranks among the 30 largest utility holding companies in the nation, providing electricity, natural gas, steam and water to more than 1 million customers, including Sheboygan Falls Utilities. With total assets of $5 billion and annual revenues of $2.3 billion, the company trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol <LNT>.

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