Abandoned building reopens as community center

Phil Freeman (pointing) was one of several dozen in attendance to Thursday’s ribbon cutting ceremony and open house at the Old Town Center on Clark Avenue at Atchison Street.

Phil Freeman (pointing) was one of several dozen in attendance to Thursday’s ribbon cutting ceremony and open house at the Old Town Center on Clark Avenue at Atchison Street. Photo by Julie Smith.

Layers of wallpaper were removed along with loads of debris and unusable pieces when 1015 E. Atchison Street’s revival began after 25 years of vacancy.

Layers of wallpaper created the foundation of a montage recognizing the Jefferson City building’s past, and that montage hung above the modern coffee cart Thursday at an open house and ribbon-cutting.

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Nearly a year after the Old Town Revitalization Company, under leadership of chairman Phil Freeman, sought out a possible tenant for what formerly served as Homer Cavitte’s Restaurant, it was introduced as the Common Ground Community Building.

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