In late 2015, a small group of investors set out to redevelop one of downtown’s most historic buildings. The Dove Block had been vacant for over a decade.
The most pressing hurdle for saving the stately and cavernous building, where artist Arthur Dove did some of his most famous work: getting enough cash to bring the structure up to modern standards.
A $500,000 grant through the state’s Regional Economic Development Awards program announced recently puts developers in a position to begin renovations of the building at the corner of Exchange and Castle streets — and, ultimately, bring in tenants.
“The extra $500,000 made our confidence level go way up,” said Dove Block Restoration Group Vice President Jim Spates. “It was great, just great.”