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Sisters restore 100-year-old buildings to draw more people to downtown Okmulgee

Okmulgee Rising. Two words inspiring two sisters to take on two renovation projects in their hometown. (KTUL)

OKMULGEE, Okla. (KTUL) – Okmulgee Rising. Two words inspiring two sisters to take on two renovation projects in their hometown.

After moving back, Margaret Hess and Mary Lewellen along with their husbands decided to take on two separate projects and renovate the upstairs floors of two buildings more than 100 years old.

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“It kind of for a while became a movement of come downtown and look up,” said Lewellen, owners of the Park on the Square Loft Apartments. “You could see a lot of people roaming the sidewalks and walking across the street and they would be looking straight up and visualizing what could be in these upper floors.”

The Park on the Square Loft Apartments and the McBrayer Lofts, both located in the heart of downtown both have units for rent right now.

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These renovation projects were both made possible by state and historical tax credit incentives and the Main Street initiative.

“Main Street is vital to restoration of small communities and downtowns throughout the United States and we are so fortunate to have one of the two original Main Street programs still enforced here in Okmulgee,” said Hess, owner of the McBrayer Lofts.

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