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The total projected investment for the buildings at at 41 and 47 West Chicago Street in Coldwater is estimated at over $650,000


City of Coldwater logo. (Courtesy City of Coldwater)
City of Coldwater logo. (Courtesy City of Coldwater)

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) – The Coldwater City Council approved an application Monday night for a Obsolete Property Rehabilitation District tax exemption certificate for a proposed downtown business that plans to open in two years.

The application was submitted by Valorie Johnson, who along with Dave Neitzert, is planning to open the “Purple Orchid” at 41 and 47 West Chicago Street in 2021 following a major renovation of the buildings.

Neighborhood Services Director and City Assessor Deb Sikorski said during a public hearing that the OPRA review committee recommended a 12 year approval based on several criteria

Mayor Tom Kramer said this was a ‘huge win” for the downtown. Façade restoration plans were approved earlier this year by the Coldwater Historic District Commission, which will earn the project a rebate from the Downtown Development Authority’s building improvement program. The total projected investment is estimated at over $650,000.

The City Council established the OPRA District which encompasses the properties almost six years ago

Ken Delaney

Ken has been a familiar voice in Branch County for a quarter century with AM 1590 and FM 95.5 WTVB, coming to Coldwater in 1984 after graduating from Central Michigan University. Ken Delaney has been a fixture in the Branch County community for over 30 years. He is Market Manager, Program Director and morning show host for WTVB-AM/FM in Coldwater, Michigan, a division of Midwest Communications, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree from Central Michigan University in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, with a minor in Political Science. He is a three-time winner of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Excellence Award for On-Air Personality.
Ken has served as the Co-Chairman of the Tibbits Opera House Restoration Capital Campaign, and is currently the Varsity Boys and Girls Soccer Coach at Coldwater High School. He also served 8 years on the Board of Trustees of the Community Health Center of Branch County and is past-Chairman of the Branch County Republican Party. Other community leadership roles have included the Branch County Historical Society Board of Directors, Safety Director for Branch County AYSO Soccer Region 1289, Branch Family YMCA Committee, Branch County Chamber of Commerce Car Show-Swap Meet Committee Chairman, Branch County Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee Chairman, Family Services Network Board Member, the Branch County 4-H Foundation Board of Directors, and the Branch County SAFE Kids Committee. Previously Delaney has served as President of Coldwater Community Theatre, Vice President of the Coldwater Sister City Festival Committee, and Chairman of the Committee for Branch County Seniors Millage Campaign. Other committees he has served on include the Coldwater Community Schools Technology Committee, the Coldwater Community Schools Elementary Feasibility Committee, the Branch County Local Emergency Planning Committee, the Tibbits Opera Foundation Board of Directors, the City of Coldwater Multi-Purpose Recreation Center Committee, and the Community Action Agency Walk for Warmth Committee.
Ken’s wife Christine is the Executive Director of the Tibbits Opera Foundation in Coldwater, MI. Their son Jason is in the masters program at the University of Central Florida and son Sean is a senior at Coldwater High School in Coldwater.

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