Robert Davis Wins 2009 Downtown Revitalization Award from CCEDC

by Free Speech on November 19, 2009

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Lodi, WI
11/19/09

At the Annual Meeting of CCEDC (Columbia County Economic Development Corporation) on Thursday, November 12th, Lodi resident Robert Davis won the 2009 Downtown Revitalization Award.  Judges admired his vision and tenacity with a project of this magnitude. The following is the letter nominating Robert that was submitted by Rog Severson on behalf of L.O.D.I.

Robert Davis
Spring Creek Business Center, Lodi, WI
Entrepreneur of the Year

Rescuing a building that may have seen a wrecking ball in its future is no small feat!  But that’s the story of the Spring Creek Business Center, formerly the Lodi City Hall.  It is located at 113 S. Main, Lodi, WI.

A number of years ago, the Common Council of the City of Lodi was struggling with how to revamp the old City Hall.  Specifically, more space was needed for a growing staff, meeting rooms, the police department and everything needed to address handicap accessibility.  The existing City Hall was analyzed and determined to be way too involved to overhaul.  With plans confirmed, the city began the lengthy building process and the old City Hall went up for sale.  No one really wanted it because of the renovation required to make it usable, except one person.

Robert Davis, Lodi, had a vision for what the structure could become.  In February of 2005 he bought the building and began the arduous transformation.  Robert felt there was a need for a business incubator as well as for businesses needing permanent locations.  To take full advantage of the structure and to provide an adequate number of offices, he installed a third floor which includes a spacious conference center.

Handicap-accessibility is addressed at all levels with a superb elevator.  A handsome façade brings the structure up-to-date and welcomes business to a most professional creation.

Robert’s investment has certainly become a huge value to the community.  A community meeting room is available on the ground level.  Some major businesses moved in permanently and occupy considerable office space.  As a business incubator, some smaller enterprises began here and then moved to much larger buildings while some others chose to stay.

The Spring Creek Business Center Grand Opening was in June of 2006, commencing with more than half of the space already occupied.  Two new start-up businesses are being considered for the last two vacancies.  A wine bar called the Grotto will be opening in December in the newly-renovated basement.

As an ecological effort, all material of the former city hall building was recycled into the new structure.  Robert installed high efficiency T8 bulbs and now plans to integrate LED bulbs for further energy reduction.  In addition, all the heating and air conditioning is zoned to avoid energy waste.

Currently, there are two part-time employees who handle the cleaning and maintenance.  Other employees or subcontractors will be contracted as needed.

Robert Davis is full of civic pride, always working to develop our area.  He was elected to the Town of West Point Board of Directors and currently serves on various community and city boards.  As a father of three, he is quite involved in youth activities as well as in his church.  As a promoter of local talent, he is also planning to display local art in the hallways and conference rooms of the center.

In recognition of Robert’s efforts, In Business magazine featured Robert in 2006 for his efforts in renovating an old building.  Lodi Area Opportunity & Development, Inc. presented him with the New Business Award in 2006 and the Vilas Hibbard Beautification Award in 2007.

As an optimist, Robert looks to future development.  As the economy improves, he plans to renovate another building which can also serve as an incubator / business center to create more business growth.  He is an energizing force and a terrific entrepreneurial businessman in the Lodi community.

Rog Severson

President, L.O.D.I.

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