Hobart Historic Restoration likes former Maid-Rite building
The Maid-Rite building before closing of the restaurant in January 2017. CREDIT HOMEGROWN IOWAN
Hobart Historic Restoration of Cedar Rapids received a boost last week for its plans to renovate a high-profile historic corner block building in Uptown Marion.
The Marion Maid-Rite closed in early 2017 after more than three decades at the northeast corner of 10th Street and 7th Avenue. Bistro 3 Nineteen announced plans to open in the site, and remodeling took place intermittently on the building between 2013 and summer of 2016 for the new tenant. But the building’s owner ran into code conflicts and other issues that stalled the project, and the building went through foreclosure in December 2017.
Hobart Historic Restoration, known recently for its restorations of the Mott Building and the Knutson building in Cedar Rapids, was awarded a grayfield tax credit of up to $160,000 on Oct. 19 by the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board for a plan to redevelop the upper floor of the 13,600-square-foot building into nine apartments and the main floor into prime commercial space.
One possible hurdle to the project is gaining clear title to the building. Jim Hobart of Hobart Historic Restoration says the building is now owned by Community Savings Bank, but some legal issues stemming from the previous owner’s attempts to renovate the building would still have to be cleared up.
The building was constructed in 1882 by George Owen, and features a distinctive canted corner entry facing the intersection of 10th Street and Seventh Avenue. Mr. Hobart said his company made an unsuccessful bid to buy the building before it went to the previous owner, and still considers it to have strong potential.
Bistro 3 Nineteen has since opened in a nearby storefront at 796 11th St.
Story credit from the Corridor Updates, and please note the photograph does exclude the 1026 and 1030 7th Avenue portion of the building which does include Treasure Chest Collectibles and the former Schmitty’s Barber Shop locations.