Rector Drug and Medical Supply Awarded Grant

Thursday, July 21, 2016
Shannon Haywood (center) accepts grants for the city of Rector from Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin (left) and the Department of Arkansas Heritage director Stacy Hurst.(courtesy photo)

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) recently awarded a $10,000 grant to Rector Drug and Medical Supply, which was damaged by strong winds in December of 2015.

According to a press release from the AHPP, $2,842,862 in grants was distributed across 54 Arkansas counties in the month of June by the AHPP, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

Rector Downtown Central also received a $1,000 grant to sponsor revitalization in the downtown area.

The Rector Downtown Drug and Medical Supply's grant will be used to renovate the exterior of the building. "We plan to keep it as close to its historical look as possible," pharmacist Shannon Haywood said. "I'm excited about it and that it will make downtown look a lot nicer. We want to bring livelihood back to downtown."

Siding will be pulled down, stucco and windows repaired and the entire building will be repainted. Haywood has been working in conjunction with city employee Christina Boyd and Main Street Arkansas on design plans for the building. "The 11 windows will remain the same and will just be repaired; one has etching that says Chick Beauty Shop," Haywood said.

A mural painted by Rector's Joel Boyd will also be showcased on the side of the building, adding to the draw of downtown Rector. The design is still in the creative process. Plans for the design will be released at a later date.

Tom's Tuckpointing of Corning will begin the renovation Monday, Aug. 1, which is planned to be finished before Labor Day with the exception of the mural.

Rector Downtown Central will split the $1,000 grant into two mini-matching grants to be used for area businesses to improve the look of their buildings and the downtown area.

For more information on the AHPP's grant programs, write the agency at 323 Center St., Suite 1500, Little Rock, AR, 72201; call the agency at (501) 324-9880; send email to info@arkansaspreservation.org or visit arkansaspreservation.org.

The AHPP is the agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state's cultural resources.

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