Anyone who has walked or driven past the corner of Fourth Street and Ranney Street has by now noticed a significant transformation. What was three months ago a dusty section of parking lot next to Furniture Gallery has become much more pleasing to the eye.
Recent additions to the corner include a selection of trees along Fourth, a newly paved spot at the location’s bus stop and most noticeable of all, a large clock which stands 13 feet high with a face readable any time of day thanks to an LED border.
Furniture Gallery manager Rodney Klimper said the refurbished corner has been a project in the works since the store opened in 2006, with storeowner Steve Bell and building owner John Raftopoulos deciding to go ahead with it this summer.
“We thought it would be great to have something like that for the community,” Klimper said.
The construction began in August, with several businesses jumping in on the effort, including 3B Enterprises, DNT Electric and Anson Excavating & Pipe.
Mike Anson was part of the team that helped get the clock in the upright position and properly set it within its pedestal planter.
“We took the truck down there, and we were there about 20 minutes,” he said. “I think it’s made a heck of an improvement.”
Additionally, Bears Ears Landscapes provided the greenery on the site, which will soon also see a metal bench provided for those commuting on the bus line from Craig to Steamboat Springs.
“We figured people could use a place to sit down out there,” Klimper said. “We’ve got the bench, we just need to bolt it down.”
Klimper said he takes pride in the fact that, with the exception of the clock itself, bought from a supplier in Mexico and made of the same cast aluminum build as the menagerie of decorative animals offered by Furniture Gallery, the project was put together entirely on a local level.
“It’s always great when you can do things local,” he said.
Andy Bockelman can be reached at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.