Downtown Development Session Offers Perspective From An Expert

March 19, 2018

Main Street Greenville and Sue Bowman, HER Realtors have teamed up to present an informational session about the development and rehabilitation of downtown properties.  The evening session, to be held on Monday, March 26th, will feature the insights of Jason Duff, an experienced developer of historic commercial buildings. Jason Duff is Founder and CEO of Bellefontaine Ohio Properties Limited, a development firm that purchases and remodels storefront buildings on Main Street in Bellefontaine, Ohio.  The firm works to attract, recruit and start new businesses in the community of Bellefontaine. Duff is also a third generation business owner, involved in the family-owned enterprise Ohio Ready Mix.

 

Duff has been widely recognized for his work as a real estate developer and for his revitalization efforts. He shares advice as a contributor to Inc., Forbes and Entrepreneur magazines. In 2012 and 2013, Duff was recognized by the White House as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in the United States. He was the recipient of the prestigious 2005 Global Student Entrepreneurship Social Impact Award. He also received the “20 Under 40 Business Award” from The Business Journal of West Central Ohio and appears as keynote speaker. He was featured in the November 2008 and January 2009 issues of Inc., and on Inc.’s annual list of the 5000 fastest-growing private American companies.

 

“Jason has extensive experience in commercial real estate, rehabilitating historic properties, and business recruitment,” said Crysta Hutchinson, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville. “He has helped bring about incredible progress for the downtown district in Bellefontaine and we are thrilled that he is willing to share his knowledge and suggestions with current and prospective property owners here in Greenville.”

 

Gallery Caption: Duff's company has been the source and driving factor behind the transformation of many historic buildings in downtown Bellefontaine. 

 

The session will feature perspectives and advice from Duff and other industry experts who have gone through the rehabilitation process and can now share their secrets to success. Topics such as the development of upper floor apartments, the costs of renovation, and recruiting tenants for storefront properties will be covered. Time for questions from the audience will also be allotted so participants can pose their own queries.  The session will be held on Monday, March 26th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm at Montage Cafe.

 

This session is sponsored by Sue Bowman, HER Realtors and presented by Main Street Greenville as part of their efforts to promote the continued development of historic downtown Greenville.  

 

As a real estate agent, Sue understands the importance of a strong and vibrant downtown district. "Our office is located in a renovated historic building and we absolutely love it. Our downtown is a huge selling point when people or businesses consider relocation to the area," said Bowman.

 

Sue has had the privilege of recently listing or assisting in the sale of a handful of downtown properties. Many interested parties have expressed a desire to buy historic properties, but have shared their concerns with the unknown, including costs of renovation to best practices. "To answer some of these questions, we have partnered with Main Street Greenville. Encouraging downtown development is beneficial to our entire community and we are proud to support the continued revitalization efforts."

 

Sue Bowman has been a real estate agent for 7 years and has had the top agent sales volume in Darke County for 3 consecutive years. She is passionate about real estate and helping others get where they want to go. HER Realtors is located in the Palace Building at 537 S. Broadway, Suite 202 in downtown Greenville. You can reach Sue on her cell phone at 937-564-0712 or by email at sue.bowman@herrealtors.com.

 

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization that supports downtown Greenville, Ohio through stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth. Learn more about the organization on their website, www.mainstreetgreenville.org, or follow them on social media. You can contact them at info@mainstreetgreenville.org or 937-548-4998.

 

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