Dozens of people from around the state have gathered in Sheridan this week to learn about “Living Upstairs in Wyoming.” Sheridan Media News Director Kurt Layher has this report:

The Living Upstairs in Wyoming workshop began yesterday at the Best Western Sheridan Center. Wyoming is taking hints from other communities from around the country on ways to revitalize and use vacant space in downtown buildings. Anna Margaret Barris represents the Illinois Main Street Program.

Sheridan Resident Wayne Baumann purchased the J.C. Penny building over a decade ago and turned the upstairs of that building into an apartment where he now lives.

In addition to the workshop, Sheridan received several awards during a banquet held at the historic Sheridan Inn. The Historic Easement of the Sheridan Inn was recognized along with the presentation of the Main Street Preservation Award and the Certified Local Government Award.

The workshop continues today with more case studies and information on the economic impacts of using vacant downtown spaces.

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