CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - A downtown vacant property open house will be held in Cape Girardeau on Thursday, March 25.
From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. you can tour vacant commercial buildings in Downtown Cape Girardeau that are available for sale or lease.
Old Town Cape is working to bring these spaces back to life, according to Executive Director Liz Haynes.
“We want to get those buildings filled and occupied get folks in there that are interested and passionate about historic preservation and rehab and restore those buildings to their former glory,” Haynes said.
She said 14 commercial properties are signed up for the open house so far.
“We’ve got some, several on Broadway and main, one on Themis, one on middle, one on William so there’s quite a nice range and they are both for sale and for lease properties,” Haynes said.
Cape Chamber of Commerce president and CEO John Mehner said bringing additional businesses to downtown is critical.
“A good mix is important. this is an awesome opportunity for people that are interested in some things going on downtown to get a no obligation look at some of the available buildings and really give them a chance to further their ideas on what might work” ”
The idea came from Old Town Cape’s Economic Vitality committee.
Dr. Steven Stovall, a professor of entrepreneurship and management at Southeast Missouri State University, is chairing the Open House subcommittee.
“This is a great opportunity for the community to see some of the buildings they’ve been curious about,” he said. “It also benefits the community as we fill some of these buildings that have sat empty for a while thereby improving the downtown experience.”
The event is free and open to the public.
According to Old Town Cape, there will be 16 properties in the Open House:
- 230 North Sprigg St.
- 523 Broadway
- 407 Broadway
- 411 Broadway
- 132 North Main
- 339 Broadway
- 120/124 North Main
- 101 William St.
- 260 North Middle St.
- 32 North Main
- 41 South Sprigg St.
- 107 North Main
- 308 North Main
- 715 Broadway
- 235 Broadway
- 824 Independence
The event is free and open to the public. There is no registration required and participants can start at any of the above-mentioned addresses.
Representatives will be available at each location to answer questions, and maps of the open house properties will also be available at each stop.