Windsor look

6/9/2014

Ongoing community support

Ongoing community support

helps power revitalization.

Beef Empire Days always draws nice crowds, which can create an opportunity for other local groups.

Credit the Finney County Preservation Alliance for recognizing as much, and planning tours Saturday of the historic Windsor Hotel building in downtown Garden City.

The turnout for the tours was impressive, and gave more local and area residents an opportunity to better understand what's at stake with revitalization of the landmark property.

Those who took in a Windsor tour saw the interior before pending grant work. The preservation alliance succeeded in its push for a Kansas Department of Transportation-Transportation Enhancement (History) grant of $675,200, which required a local match. The preservation alliance collected roughly $169,000 in local match funds over several years for the grant project.

Support from the Lois Kay Walls Foundation and Katherine Stracklejohn Estate also has been instrumental in helping with needed improvements.

Emphasis of the pending work will be on stabilizing the structure. A new roof and skylight included in the grant work will preserve the Windsor's integrity for years to come. The presidential suite, in particular, will see significant change.

Expect more tours to come afterward to let the public see the progress for themselves.

Each step forward should encourage more local support for the project. Critics of efforts to save the building should at least acknowledge how a revitalized Windsor would serve as a catalyst for more business development in the downtown district.

In the meantime, the preservation alliance will stay busy with ways to help the revitalization project move forward.

Give the preservation alliance credit for maintaining optimism and momentum over the years, and in finding ways to make the trek to a new Windsor more interesting with offerings of various Windsor-related items and events.

One such opportunity will arrive in the second "Razing the Roof" Windsor benefit concert, set to take place Sept. 13 at the Gazebo on the West Green of the Lee Richardson Zoo.

The preservation alliance and other supporters of the Windsor remain determined to stay on the long, difficult road toward new life for the building. It's good to see more progress unfold.

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