A length of sidewalk, about the span of five parking spaces, in front of the Gilcher facade on Main Street will be closed until June as an ambulatory surgery center is built behind it, according to Mike Janssen, senior vice president of AMB Development Group.AMB
is building the surgery center for a group of local doctors.
The federal government has made the facade preservation one of the conditions for releasing $1.7 million for a parking garage, which the city plans to build behind the Hub-Gilcher complex at the corner of Main and Third streets.
The Gilcher facade is 12 inches thick and will be braced with steel beams. Janssen
said it's not "really a common practice" to save the brick facade, but it's being preserved because of its historical significance.When finished, the facade will be restored.Damaged bricks will be replaced, and cracks will be restored.