Troy Community Works appoints new board

For the Troy Daily News

TROY — Troy Community Works is pleased to announce their 2018-19 board of directors: Karen Boone, Jules Conner, Kent Frauenberger, Jay Gearon, Patti Jones-Logan, Janel Ranly, and Nate Tremblay. Christy Shell, former vice president, is the newly appointed board president for the upcoming year.

The board of directors is made up of volunteers from the Troy community who are willing to give their time and talents to serve for a two-year term.

Established in 2007 as a grassroots effort to strengthen the downtown commercial and residential neighborhoods, Troy Community Works (TCW) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to the long term growth and livability of Troy through sustainable building and community development. Their goal is to create collaborative partnerships with civic, private, and other community organizations to preserve and create a vibrant core for our city.

TCW successfully renovated the exterior and first floor commercial spaces at 221 E. Main St. — the “Eastgate building” — through city, state and private supporters. This building is the location of Baby and Co. 3D/4D Ultrasound and Western Ohio Mortgage.

Troy Community Works may be best known for organizing their two signature events, The Day of Caring and Second Story Secrets. The Day of Caring invites community members and businesses to lend a hand to help Troy non-profits spruce up the city, benefiting places like the Troy Senior Center, Women’s Abuse Shelter, and Lincoln Community Center. The Second Story Secrets Tour features the hidden “secret” spaces of the upper floors and buildings in the downtown corridor. In 2017, 370 people enjoyed perusing the obscure basements and third floor ballrooms usually off-limits to the public, while also featuring new renovation projects in progress.

These events will resume in 2019 so TCW can focus on two renovation projects. The larger of the two is the $2.5 million Coleman-Allen-Saidleman (CAS) building project at 1 W. Main St. on Troy’s public square. Troy Community Works purchased the building in 2015 from Stewart and Marilyn Lipp. To date, the project has received over $1.2 million in city and state grants, including a historic tax credit from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). The building was built in 1855 and was originally a dry goods/seed store, then a civil war recruitment station and armory, a grocery store and most recently known as David’s Shoe Store.

The TCW board and development committee are seeking the remaining funds needed to complete the project through area banks and potential investors. The building will feature retail spaces, as well as eight studio and loft-style apartments accessible by elevator. The second project is the completion of the second floor of the Eastgate building with a spacious two-bedroom apartment and two office spaces. Four years after the original restoration project, the TCW board is planning to have similar success with the upper 2,800 square feet.

The Troy Community Works Board is grateful to the community for their ongoing support to enhance the long-term well-being and livability of the City of Troy. Troy Community Works is a proud member of the Activate Troy Partnership, a community partnership formed to study and coordinate efforts to impact the quality of life for all Troy residence.

Contact Troy Community Works through their website at

For the Troy Daily News