Renovation projects underway downtown
Downtown Goreville is experiencing a time of new development and rehabilitation. The Goreville Ministerial Alliance building is getting a well-deserved face-lift and will now meet ADA accessibility requirements. The building has long needed a new ramp and entryway so that customers in wheel chairs could maneuver more easily. Thanks to community help, this is now becoming a reality.
The Ministerial Alliance has been in operation for almost thirty years and continues to provide much needed services to the community. The facility is 100 percent volunteer based and with the exception of utilities and maintenance costs, every penny received goes right back to the community. In addition to the normal sold regularly at the site, the Alliance also provides special food baskets and toys at Christmas time and makes some scholarships available from time to time.
The Alliance accepts donations of any saleable items with the exception of larger appliances, furniture and mattresses. Of course cash donations are also accepted. According to Carole Kelly, secretary/treasurer and Shirley Yates, vice-president of the Goreville Ministerial Alliance, “We don’t exist without the community.”
Also in downtown, a local investor and entrepreneur has also committed to do his part to help stimulate Goreville’s downtown business area. Remodeling and construction work will soon be completed on the old Terry Gas and Hardware building. The new facility will provide office space rental for area businesses desiring to have a presence on Main Street Goreville and will also offer a public meeting room. This public room could be used for receptions, special meetings, training seminars and much more. At this time, no definite plans have been decided on exactly what to do with the empty lot space on the south side of the building although cleaning and grading will have to be done.