ReStore Avilla (Restore) was initiated by the Avilla Town Council and a planning committee in mid to late 2012. The town conducted a study and hired an engineering firm to help form a revitalization master plan for the downtown area to use as a guide and inspiration for the future.
Restore was officially formed in April 2013, under the guidance of then Avilla Chamber and Restore President Doug Harris. The name “ReStore” was chosen to represent not just restoration of the town, but also to “re-store” the facades of buildings and to bring back the flourishing economic and business-flow of previous years.
In July of 2015, the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) and Lt. Governor (at the time) Sue Ellspermann, welcomed Restore into the Indiana Main Street Program (IMS). In July 2016, Restore became incorporated under current Avilla Chamber and then also Restore President, Kevin Kelly. Restore was approved to become a 501 ( c) 3 in March 2017, under current President Todd Carteaux.
Restore is an organization that works with other like-minded entities and individuals with a stake in the commercial district and its future, such as the local, county and state government, Avilla Chamber of Commerce, merchants, property owners, industries, private individuals – anyone who can benefit from a healthy local economy and from a historic city core that reflects the community’s heritage and ideals.
How can you get involved? Restore is actively looking for people that are interested in giving a little time and putting effort toward development, design, promotion and economic restructuring to help achieve restoration and revitalization to the downtown Avilla area.
(Written by Dawn Kelly, Hometown News – firstname.lastname@example.org, January 1, 2018)
We meet every second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. upstairs at the St. James Restaurant (204 E Albion Street, Avilla). Our meetings are open to the public and we encourage you to be a part of our current and upcoming projects!
Constitution & By-Laws
President: Todd Carteaux
Vice President: Jill Hoffelder
Treasurer: Bill Freeman
Secretary: Shalimar Holderly