Apartment construction starts at Drechsler Brown site

Almost exactly one year to the date of receiving construction approval, Focus development group broke ground March 17 on its 7-story apartment complex located where the historic Drechsler, Brown & Williams funeral home long stood at Marion and Pleasant streets. 

Focus could not have asked for a more beautiful day to break ground. Under a brightly shining sun, about 30 people watched as the ceremonial shovels dug into the earth. Blackout Baking Co., just across Marion Street, provided cookies and pastries to mark the occasion. Village Trustee Jim Taglia spoke on behalf of the village board, as Village President Vicki Scaman was unable to attend due to prior commitments. 

Taglia called Porter, as the building will be named, a “visual and practical improvement to the former use of the site.”