Despite the world-wide pandemic and slowing economy, several projects are moving onward as planned in Monroe City. New projects are being constructed, old buildings are being restored, along with others being demolished. The community continues to change and grow among the challenging times of COVID-19.
The Macon-Atlanta State Bank continues to make progress on the new building each week since the ground breaking on March 12. The construction crew has been busy framing and installing the new foundation. Sheila Kendrick, AVP, Branch Manager at Macon-Atlanta State Bank, stated, “Our building is progressing nicely and everything is on schedule even with the weather. The community, weather permitting, should be seeing some major progress as the outside will take on a new look. We are looking forward to the enhancement to our downtown and hope to be moved into our new location later this fall.”
The storefront of Applebee Tree has seen improvements with a fresh coat of vibrant yellow added to the door welcoming customers and the spring season. Owner Matthew Perrine shared, “The downtown area needs to have an eye-catching appearance. I would love to see more color added to the area.” Across the street, Perrine is rehabilitating 105 North Main. The project Perrine has undertaken is huge. The amount of work needed is shown by the ability to see the sunlight shining in from the back wall as a person looks through the front glass of the building. Perrine continues to work on the building, which will have to be completely rehabbed from the roof to the floor.
The Monroe City R-1 School District has also been busy making improvements, as they enter the next academic year. This past week the Agriculture building was demolished with the new building being completed. The new state of the art Agriculture building will provide a better learning environment for agricultural students. Several community members, both younger generations and older, were overheard stating the sadness they felt as the building fell to the ground with years of memories held in the foundation.
Change is always happening. Material and particles are always deteriorating with each new day. Nothing ever stays the same, always increasing and always moving forward in a different way. Each of these projects hold years of accomplishments and hours of hard work. Whether a new building, the rehab of another one or the demolition of an old one, they are still pillars of the community which is ever-changing and ever-growing.