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Grant for Skaggs

Grant to fund Skaggs mechanical system upgrades

BY DOUG MCDONOUGH

dmcdonough@hearstnp.com

The local effort to bring new life to the Skaggs Building received a major boost this week with a $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation of West Texas.

Those funds are earmarked for upgrading the mechanical systems serving the fourstory office building.

Overseeing the restoration is Plainview Downtown Restoration Inc.

“The Community Foundation of West Texas understands that restoring the beautiful buildings from our past and putting them to good use again is a smart investment,” said Blair Willson, spokesman for Plainview Downtown Restoration. “We’re grateful for their vision, and their support.”

The Skaggs Building was constructed by Henry E. and Nora Skaggs and opened in August 1928 with the Plainview National Bank as a primary tenant and occupant of the ground floor. Later it housed City National Bank, then Hale County Savings and Loan and finally a law firm on the ground floor with medical and professional offices in its upper stories.

It was vacant for a relatively short time before the current restoration efforts started. The initial focus is on the ground floor and exterior with work on the upper levels coming later.

Plainview Downtown Restoration is a nonprofit with a mission to support the restoration and re-use of historic buildings in Plainview and to foster new business and creative talent in the central business district. The group was gifted the Skaggs Building on the northwest corner of Seventh

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In October, a Lubbock glass company replaced 11 broken winds along the ground floor of the venerable Skaggs Building at Seventh and Broadway, as part of an ongoing restoration project. In recent weeks, Plainview Downtown Restoration has received grants from Plainview Area Endowment and now $10,000 from the Community Foundation of West Texas.

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