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House Preparation for Fall

All of a sudden, it’s time to start thinking about how you can prepare to shut up your house for colder, wetter weather. Here in the Mid-Ohio Valley it seems like we might be jumping straight into winter and skipping fall altogether, so it’s even more important to prepare your house, especially if you live in a historic home.

Here are some ideas we have for you. What would you add?

Mind the Windows

Windows are great for views, but they can be a primary exit point for heat and an entry point for cold breezes during the fall and winter. The first thing you want to do is put a little piece of paper along the border of the window. If you see that paper blowing like a flag in the wind, that means a lot of air is passing back and forth. The problem can be controlled in a number of ways. You can add caulking around the window, strips of insulation, or even just some foam at the bottom of the window. Adding window blinds and curtains if you don’t have them can also help trap heat during the day.

Check the Roof

Falling leaves, seeds, and lots of rain can mean a lot of burden on your gutters. You also, of course, want to make sure your roof is in pristine shape so that it can handle heavy rain, ice, and snow. Now is a great time to clean out those gutters and make sure you’re good to go.

Proof the Pipes

Have you ever had water pipes freeze on a sub-zero day in the winter? It is definitely no fun. Do a test on your pipes to make sure everything is in good order, and be sure you know where pipes are located and how to turn the water off if you need to do so.

Filter Out Any Problems

Now is the time to have your furnace inspected. You may need new filters, and you want to make sure the furnace is going to be able to work efficiently as well.

Inspect the Washer & Dryer

Now is also a great time to make sure your washer and dryer are in good working order. That means making sure the washer hook-ups are working effectively and that the dryer filter is as free from lint as possible. Failing to keep up on these issues can result in serious room flooding or even fire.

Check Safety Equipment

Seasonal changes are good times to mark how your safety tools are functioning. That means your CO2 monitor, smoke alarms, and security systems if you have them.

The older your home, the more important it is to put in your due diligence before severe weather hits. If you need any assistance or have any questions, please let us know!

Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/question_everything/4107359250/ via Creative Commons

Prime Commercial Property Available Soon!

Do you traverse through Reno regularly? Travelers who find their way up and down Pike Street (State Route 7) on a regular basis, or regular visitors to Marietta, are probably familiar with where Enterprise has been located for the last several years. Recently, Enterprise moved to a location just down the street, so we now have this excellent location available!

There are numerous benefits awaiting the next business that inhabits this space. First, as the old adage goes, there’s “location location location.” Not only is the building located on one of the busiest streets in Southeastern Ohio, but it is also located rather close to the street, so there is fantastic visibility.

Beyond the externals of the property, there are also a lot of valuable assets already available. There are multiple private offices, a kitchenette, meeting rooms, an ADA-compliant restroom and handicap accessibility at the entrance and exit of the building. There is plenty of parking, too.

What does all of this translate into for potential? The multiple private offices would be perfect for a medical facility. The kitchenette and meeting rooms would be a great fit for a business in need of a pleasant and visible office space. Bear in mind that Promanco can always build to suit, so if there is something that does not just fit into your plans, we can alter the floor plan so that it is perfect for what your business needs.

This pristine  building is going to be scooped up quickly, so we recommend that if you have a vision as to how your business could fit into this location, call us today! We can schedule a tour with you and answer any questions you may have.

122 Seneca

Our focus this week is a beautiful house we have available in Devola, just outside of Marietta. Unlike many of our residential properties, this home can be purchased rather than leased.

The house is perfectly sized for a family. It measures 2,073 Sq Ft and has four large bedrooms with two-and-a-half bathrooms. Recent renovations included newer laminate floors, a finished basement, and a 3-dimensional roof. HVAC is fully in place and appliances are included in the price of the home. The home has an open floor plan that includes a spacious kitchen and dining area. The kitchen boasts Huck maple cabinetry and granite counter tops.

The interior of 122 Seneca is not the only part of the property that is eye-catching. There is a sizable yard with trees in the front for shade and privacy. The back yard includes. storage building and shop, all of which you can look at while sitting on your screened-in back porch. 

The neighborhood in which this house is situated is well-established, quiet, and homeowners are dedicated to keeping their homes and yards in pristine condition. Approximately fifteen minutes away from downtown Marietta, the neighborhood lets you feel like you’re living in the country, yet city conveniences are easily accessible.

We would be happy to talk to you more about this home or to give you a tour. Contact us today!

900 Greene Street

We would like to tell you about our property at 900 Greene Street this week. The potential inherent in this property is off the charts, and we cannot wait to see this entire segment of Greene Street evolve into its full potential.

The building is situated on 13.5 acres, and it boasts over 270,000 SF. Several tenants could easily fit into this expansive space. Westwater Supply has already moved into one segment of the building, kicking off what is sure to be a great anchor store for this multi-tenant facility. Build to suit options are available. The property is zoned for industrial use with all utilities on-site.

Walking into the building, you are greeted by rows of steel reinforced concrete pillars that display the strength and beauty of the property. There are large windows that allow for plenty of natural light throughout this expansive floor plan. Even with this grand aesthetic, there is room for expansion as needed. There are multiple truck docks as well as a drive-in roll up access door for maximized convenience.

Parking is often a hot topic in the Mid-Ohio Valley, but 900 Greene Street eradicates this concern with a secure, fenced in lot, located conveniently outside the flood plain. Street parking on Greene Street is also permissible, if needed. 

One of the strongest facets of this available property is its prime location. Nearby Acme Street is one of the busiest streets in Washington County. Excellent frontage combined with strategically placed signage could attract a lot of customers. Greene Street is just minutes from the downtown area, proximate to I-77, and close to the regional airport.

The construction arm of our business has decades of experience in presenting proposals and floor plans. We can adjust those as needed to meet your requirements. Rely on our expertise and enjoy seeing the results.

Contact us today to schedule a tour or to learn more about 900 Greene Street!

Businesses In Bloom

Recently, social media influencer and small town specialist Becky McCray wrote a blog post about the value of keeping track of all new businesses that open in your small town. She writes that growth in small towns is often easy to overlook, especially if you have the tendency to see the glass as half empty versus half full. McCray notes that sometimes people only pay attention to really huge businesses that merit town dignitaries being on the scene. However, small boutique shops are still businesses. They still bring their own character to a small town, contribute to the town’s economic foundation, and stand as a site visitors want to see.

Over the last couple of years, there has been a tremendous flow of new business into Historic Marietta. Among some of the new businesses that have opened are:

Emleigh’s and Mama B’s Clothing Boutique

Sugar Maple Boutique

Hive Alive

Threadz

McKenna’s Market and Abigail Birch & Company are hoping to be moved in just in time for the holidays. We are sure we are missing a few businesses as well (you can help us fill in the blanks).

Making a list of newly opened businesses does not just help you keep track of what is happening in your small town, but it also serves as a great reminder of new shops you can explore in order to shop local. Make it a game for yourself and see how many local businesses you can support over a month or over the holidays.

Do you keep track of new businesses here in Marietta? What inspires you to make your list of local destinations? We’d love to hear from you.

Close Calls in Small Towns

Photo by Bruce Wunderlich courtesy of Clutch MOV

Anyone who lives in Ohio knows that weather forecasting is an uncertain business. Citizens of river towns like Marietta and Parkersburg know that river forecasting is even more difficult. Not only do meteorologists have to track what is happening locally, they also have to monitor what is happening north of the location. Heavy rains can swell the river as they move south, even if it doesn’t rain much directly where you are.

The complexities of river forecasting were highlighted this past weekend during Marietta’s popular Sternwheel Festival. Saturday afternoon it was announced that the Ohio River could potentially flood beginning mid-day on Sunday. Most forecasting systems agreed that the flooding would be even worse than it had been in the spring.

What do you do when your small town is enjoying the apex of its tourism season while rivers are expected to rise to flood levels and beyond? Many small towns rely on big summer festivals to bring people into local shops and eateries. It’s a chance for small towns to show off their best assets and promote why they are great places to live. Hasty decisions based on weather can prematurely end the event and truly hurt local businesses.

The Sternwheel Festival crew did a good job monitoring the situation. Although a few sternwheelers left Saturday night to be on the safe side, the fireworks still went off without a hitch and they were just as glorious as ever. Some events were canceled on Sunday while others were shifted indoors to keep people entertained AND dry.

The interesting twist to this story is that Sunday afternoon, meteorologists reported that the flood danger had passed and the river would not even reach all that close to flood levels. That’s how the uncertainty of river forecasting goes, but Marietta has been through floods and flood warnings enough to take it extra safe, and that is what was accomplished over Sternwheel weekend. It’s true that some people may have opted not to come to town because of the forecast, and some people left early, but that disappointment is far better than risking any potential serious danger.

All small towns face these kinds of crucial decisions. The cause may not be river flooding. It may be hurricane forecasts or earthquakes or who knows what else. The uppermost responsibility all towns have is to keep people safe, and Marietta accomplished that this weekend. You can rest assured you will be well taken care of when you live here.

Marietta Sends Summer Off With A Bang

Throughout the Spring and Summer, we have highlighted several different events that have been posted in Marietta and around the Mid-Ohio Valley. Perhaps no time is busier in Marietta than the last week of August and the first week of September. There is a scheduled flurry of activity over the next two weekends, and the events that are coming up will truly showcase why this area is a wonderful location to start and grow your family. Without further delay, here are just a few of the events coming up over the next two weeks.

The Washington County Fair

Not coincidentally, the Washington County Fair is hosted on the Washington County Fairgrounds every year. The fair begins on September 1st this year and runs through Tuesday, September 4th. Organizers are expecting a lot of great food vendors and there are always fun rides for all.

First Friday, Back To School Bash

Friday, September 7th will be another amazing First Friday. The September event is sponsored by Washington State Community College and the theme is “back to school bash.” The Adelphia will be hosting Ben Davis, Jr., that night and you’ll be able to catch that show at no charge! Be sure to walk around Historic Marietta and shop. The streets will already be shut off for the next and biggest event, The Sternwheel Festival.

The Sternwheel Festival

Perhaps more than any event, the Sternwheel Festival draws people to Marietta from all over. The spectacle of seeing dozens of sternwheelers in the Ohio River is truly something everyone should see at least once. The downtown area is electrified over the course of this weekend as races, fireworks, and live music add vibrance and a party atmosphere to the whole town.

Marietta is never bereft of things to do, but the end of summer is always the most jam-packed of any time throughout the year. Be sure to get out there and support local businesses and eateries, and if you’ve never been to Marietta before, now is the time to fix that! We’ll see you soon.

 

A premier property is now available

We are very excited to announce that we have a new property to tell you about this week. The building that has housed “the Big Four” on Pike Street for the last few years is now available to a retailer and/or manufacturer.

This Like New, 24,000 Square Foot building  is available For Sale or For Lease. It fronts southern Ohio’s busiest state highway (State Route 7, also called Pike Street) and is in a premium commercial district , outside of the floodplain. It is located less than five minutes from Interstate 77 within the Shale Crescent oil & gas play, and is accessible to anyone working in the Marcellus or Utica formations in Ohio or West Virginia. It is a highly flexible property, ideal for a wide variety of uses such as office, any sort of retail, light assembly, manufacturing, warehousing or any type of field services functions. It is a pre-engineered, steel framed, fully insulated building with exterior corrugated metal panels.

The interior consists of a modern non-skid epoxy floor with several carpeted private offices and meeting and break rooms and state-of-the-art lighting. Multiple overhead doors, loading docks, a wash bay and a 5,000 SF air-conditioned parts/storage area complete the package. Average daily traffic count ranges from 25,000 – 35,000.

Anyone who would want to start business right away would find this property ideally suited for their needs, but, like with all Promanco properties, we are also happy to customize and build-to-suite. We can do this quickly and efficiently. 

Give us a call today to set up your tour of this property. In the interim, please take a look at a video we developed to showcase the most important aspects of 1320 Pike Street.

Rivers, Trails & Ales – The Best of Marietta

The 8th annual Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival wrapped up this past weekend. The festival, for those of you who are unaware, is a three-day event that encourages people to enjoy and be active in Marietta’s natural surroundings. The 2018 festival was the largest yet, and significant efforts were made to create activities specifically for kids. Past festivals focused more on mountain biking, hiking events, and, of course, the ales. Kids this year were able to enjoy gnome hikes, paddle boating, and more. The 2018 festival also boasted a beer fest, which involved more than ten breweries. This event was extremely successful and may one day even become its own spin-off festival.

While having fun and seeing the city so vibrant is great in and of itself, the best thing about this festival is that it truly showcases all of the best things Marietta has to offer. Numerous hikes and bicycle rides encouraged people to traverse the quaint streets of the downtown area as well as spots beyond. Paddle boat and kayaking events encouraged people to not just look at the Ohio and Muskingum but to actually get on the rivers and enjoy them. The numerous eateries that participated in the “ales” part of the festival drew people downtown to “eat local,” and musical events like Reverend Horton Heat at The Adelphia showcased the kinds of entertainment made so readily available every weekend.

The really interesting thing about the Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival is that it is a good reminder that the activities highlighted during the weekend can be enjoyed any time. Even in the winter, Historic Marietta is a beautiful place to shop and eat. The spring and summer afford visitors and residents the opportunity to hop on a canoe, a kayak, or to hitch a ride on the Valley Gem. We highly encourage you to take a look at the events the RTA Fest rounded up and see if you can create your own activity list for the rest of the summer. There aren’t that many warm weekends left, you know.

Putnam Street Prime Property Available

We have an amazing property to tell you about this week. Located on Putnam Street, close to the intersection of Putnam and Front Street, 110 Putnam will make the perfect site for a law office, an insurance agent, an investment consultant, or any other type of business that would benefit from ample foot traffic and car traffic along with excellent street-side visibility.

The ideally situated property is 1100 SF. Let your imagination run wild as the space already includes a reception area, two private offices, a group room in the back, and a storage area in the rear of the building. We can of course build to suit if this floor plan does not quite mesh with the vision you have in your head. The property recently got a fresh coat of paint and the awning over the entry way was recently replaced as well.

Along with enjoying a truly beautiful downtown property, you will also be able to join the increasingly vibrant downtown community. Just steps away from People’s Bank Theatre, The Adelphia Music Hall, and many different eateries, you will be able to showcase Historic Marietta to any of your clients or peers.

Call us today to learn more about this unique downtown opportunity!

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