Heritage Ohio to honor MSD nominees



Heritage Ohio – the state’s official main street and historic preservation organization – has selected three nominees from Main Street Delaware to receive awards at Heritage Ohio’s annual preservation and revitalization conference, scheduled for 18-20 October in Springfield, Ohio.

The selections for the Heritage Ohio Awards 2021 are Jerry Warner, Outstanding Leader in Revitalization; Delaware County Council of Commissioners, Best Rehabilitation of Public Buildings; and The Strand Theater, Historic Theater of the Year.

As Chief Building Officer for the City of Delaware, Warner consistently provides helpful advice on innovative catering while balancing code enforcement, allowing downtown Delaware to thrive.

“Jerry Warner has been a strong advocate for building owners not only in renovating buildings in a safe manner, but also helping them understand how to ensure safety and quality with an emphasis on cost effectiveness,†said Sean Hughes , responsible for the economic development of the city. director and non-voting member of the board of directors of Main Street Delaware. “Jerry works with building owners to find solutions to difficult projects so that our historic buildings continue to serve our communities for hundreds of years more. “

Delaware County Commissioners Jeff Benton, Barb Lewis and Gary Merrell are honored by Heritage Ohio for their leadership in renovating the historic Delaware County Courthouse, 91 N. Sandusky St. The Courthouse, at the originally completed in 1868, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The renovation was started in June 2019 and was initially scheduled to be completed in summer 2020. Due to the pandemic, however, work continued until early 2021. In addition to housing several county offices, the Historic courthouse is also a showcase of artifacts highlighting many of Delaware’s historic moments.

The Strand Theater and its Executive Director, Tracey Peyton, receive the 2021 Heritage Ohio Historic Theater of the Year Award.

The 105-year-old Strand, located at 28 E. Winter St., is one of the country’s 10 oldest operating theaters showing first-run films. When the pandemic threatened his legacy of success, Peyton and members of the Strand Theater and Cultural Arts Association got busy.

In January 2020, the non-profit theater began taking precautions to protect guests from COVID-19, but in March it had to close. In response, The Strand launched a series of community engagement and fundraising efforts that included a virtual movie campaign, curbside popcorn sales on Fridays and Saturdays, a GoFundMe campaign that enabled to raise nearly $ 54,800, a marquee rental program and t-shirt sales. Now The Strand is back showing first-run movies while continuing many of its popular new programming.

Susie Bibler, executive director of Main Street Delaware, said she was thrilled that Heritage Ohio had also seen contributions from 2021 Delaware award recipients statewide.

“Our Board of Directors was delighted to make the nominations this year, and we are delighted to see these community superstars recognized for all of their efforts to make Delaware a better place,†said Bibler. “Congratulations and thank you to Jerry Warner, our County Commissioners and the Strand Theater.”

The renovation of the historic Delaware County Courthouse, 91 N. Sandusky St., is recognized by Heritage Ohio.

Submitted by Main Street Delaware.


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