Craig building getting makeover |

Craig building getting makeover

Luke Graham

A Craig building will soon have a new look.

The building at 502 Yampa Ave. houses the Independent Life Center, Red Cross and Northwestern Dental Coalition, among others.

The north side of the building is getting new windows, new stucco and an elevator.

Building owner Red Cortner said the renovation has been a long time coming.

“(The building) has looked the same for 40 years,” he said. “So we’re putting a little lipstick on the girl and dressing her up.”

Maria Stewart, who is a receptionist for the Independent Life Center, remembers when the building was used by the Bureau of Land Management and welcomes the new look.

“It’s going to look pretty,” she said. “Pretty for the city.”

Others who work in the building think the renovation will not only improve the image, but also help business.

“It will modernize (the building) and allow businesses in here to appear more successful and viable,” said Dave Dmytro, a job coach for Independent Life.

By improving the appearance of buildings in town, Cortner said, Craig will reap the benefits of more tourism.

During the past three years, he said, there have been a lot of positive strides made in the appearances of buildings.

“There are a lot of believers in the community that think Craig is not going south,” he said, “but north.”

Although Cortner chose to do the renovation, he said many other people in the community should be commended for improving the buildings in downtown Craig.

“It’s not about me or that corner,” he said. “It’s about the town of Craig. There are a lot of people who have done a lot of things the past three years.”

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