by Lisa Tome
Part of Rising Sun's East Main Street has a whole new look.
Tom Dye, owner of Rising Sun Plaza since 1997, said it was time for a change.
Crews were on scene last week, working on the first of the two anchor buildings in the plaza. The work began on the east side building.
Dye said he is upgrading the look of the building. The facade is being changed.
New doors, a roof, and building facing are being installed. "It's an upgrade. I am revitalizing my part of the town," said Dye. The new look will also feature dormers and an overall more modern look for the building.
Work got underway on Monday, October 28 and will be ongoing for about two weeks.
Weather permitting, the second building will get the same treatment.
If the weather does not cooperate, the other building upgrades will take place in the spring.
Dye said the work means a slight inconvenience for the shop operators and the customers. There is less parking in the plaza during the construction. Other than that, the input has been positive.
"Everybody is happy to see it," said Dye.
The plaza is fully leased with the exception of one 2,000 square foot suite.
"I am just trying to clean my area up. It should be good for another 20 years," said Dye.
Local business owner George Coudon was passing through the plaza last week. He was impressed with the work.
"I am glad to see someone improving the town," said Coudon.