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Big day for Crowsnest Opportunity Development Cooperative

Wednesday, 09 October 2013. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Big day for Crowsnest Opportunity Development Cooperative

Celebrate Peuchen Block success with wine and cheese today!

By Brad Quarin

The grand openings today of two businesses – Crowsnest Vein and Medical Laser Clinic, and Ryp Athletics – in downtown Blairmore’s Peuchen Block are a joyous occasion, and not just for those businesses. The occasion is also a victory for the Crowsnest Opportunity Development Cooperative, which will be celebrating with wine and cheese in Ryp Athletics.

Larry Saloff, a founding director of CODC and a current shareholder, explains CODC is a new initiative to raise money for local projects. Revitalizing Peuchen Block was its first project, and he says it’s “something the community can take pride in.”

There were three or four historic buildings in downtown Blairmore that had been neglected, Larry believes. He and Shane Stewart bought one of them, Peuchen Block, to sell it to CODC last November, and renovations began in February. Money was raised through advertising and various connections.

The whole inside of the structure was torn out, with new floors, plumbing and electrical heating put in. “You wouldn’t recognize the building,” Larry says. Following the renovations, CODC wanted the businesses moving into the building to be completely new, rather than old businesses relocating. Meanwhile, the four new apartments in Peuchen Block were leased to Riversdale Resources for its geologists and workmen, in its quest to bring coal mining back to Crowsnest Pass.

The end result means new life for a historic building and new businesses for Crowsnest Pass. Everyone is welcome to come to the open house, with free wine and cheese thanks to CODC and the new businesses.

Peuchen Block was built between 1911 and 1912, and was one of the earliest brick buildings put up after a fire destroyed many wooden buildings in Blairmore. It was named for A.G. Peuchen, a Titanic survivor who helped pay for the construction. The building is located on the 13000 block of 20th Avenue.

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