THIS PROJECT IS FUNDED IN PART BY HISTORY COLORADO- STATE HISTORIC FUND.
Revitalization and rehabilitation of the Masonic Lodge building in downtown La Junta, owned by Otero, Bent, and Crowley Counties, and managed by Otero Partners, Inc. (OPI) has begun. This project is funded in part by History Colorado-State Historical Fund.
Project intent: To rehabilitate this large, key building in the community promoting adaptive reuse, historic preservation, economic development, and downtown revitalization. The current primary user of the building is the 16th Judicial District Attorney. Other local retail businesses and programs also rent space.
In the April 2023 History Colorado-State Historical Fund grant round, Otero Partners Inc received a grant for the next phase of rehabilitation of the Masonic Building. This project will rehabilitate all the remaining historic windows in the building – twelve round 4th floor windows and the fifteen large 3rd floor windows.
Rehabilitation of these windows will help protect the interior of the building, increase energy efficiency and return these historic windows to their original appearance and functionality. This work will be completed to the Secretary of Interior Standards for Historic Preservation.
Currently, the project team is planning for the next phase of the Masonic Building project which will include development of the complete construction documents for the rehabilitation of the building’s interior and the first floor storefronts. This construction documents will include the architectural work and structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and geotechnical engineering for completion of the interior and store rehabilitation.
3/30/23 Project Update
After long delays due to the disruption in supply chain and roofing materials, along with the demand for roofing labor, Deep Roots Craftsmen (a company specializing in historic preservation, our general contractor, and their subcontractors were able to begin work to rehabilitate the roof and brick parapets in early October 2022. Work was completed in April 2023. All work was completed to meet the Secretary of Interior Standards for rehabilitation of historic properties.
Also completed was the planning stage for the interior rehabilitation to meet the needs of the 16th Judicial District Attorney’s operations and rehabilitation of the first floor storefronts which can be rented to provide cash-flow for rehabilitation work and building maintenance.
The Colorado Historic Preservation Tax Credit for the above worked was approved by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and Tourism. Those tax credits have been monetized, with funds committed to future phases of the rehabilitation.
Thank you to History Colorado-State Historic Fund for their support of this important project. Once rehabilitation is complete, the Masonic Building will be able to better serve the people of the region through the work of the District Attorney’s office and associated services.
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