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Development revives historic Marion building

The Cobban-Hervey building, built in 1872 has new life after restoration. (CBS2/FOX28)

Uptown Marion is exploding with growth and re-development. Their latest success is the Cobban-Hervey building at 1138 7th Avenue.

Constructed in 1872 it serves as a perfect example of the effort to bring new life to old buildings.

"We've seen a lot of the buildings get bought and renovated in that area and new businesses moving in, new bars, new restaurants it's a really exciting time to be in uptown,” says Brooke Prouty, Director of the Main Street program at the Marion Chamber of Commerce.

On Tuesday two Uptown tenants got to showing off their new spaces in a ribbon cutting with Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.

Engineering firm Anderson Bogert is happy to be settling their Marion office into the historic buildings second floor.

“It gives a reason for the buildings to continue to function,” says Jon Bogert, Principal Engineer at Anderson Bogert. “We can keep them and keep them viable and they're economically contributing to the city.”

On the ground floor Urban Pie brings new flavors and fast fire pizzas to the plate.

This is the second location of the Cedar Fall’s based restaurant and they hope to officially open in the next month.

The celebration represents a lot of work by businesses and developers to keep Uptown on the rise.

David Barker, the property’s developer see’s Marion as an attractive opportunity.

“There has just been an enormous amount of restoration of historic properties, improvements to the alleys and the streets and we're just very impressed with the amount of activity here and the amount of demand for space,” says Barker.

The project took a lot of private investment but it also earned some financial help in its restoration.

It received a $55,000 Challenge Grant through Main Street Iowa to restore the façade and upper level of the building.

Urban Pie Fast Fire Pizza is not quite open for business.

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