The Howell Main Street Downtown Development Authority held its ninth annual Historic Preservation Awards last night. The ceremony recognized property and business owners who made significant investments towards preserving the historic nature of the downtown area. Four awards were given out, the first going to Cleary’s Pub for preservation stewardship.
The award for exterior restoration or rehabilitation was given to the Heart of Howell. Block Brewing Company received recognition in the improvements to building interior category. Finally, Diamond’s Steak and Seafood won the award for the property improvement.
State Representative Hank Vaupel was on hand to present winners with a proclamation from the governor’s office recognizing their efforts towards historic preservation. Award winners also received a framed artistic rendering from a local artist of their building in its current state to honor the improvements that have been made. (MK)