New ownership for two key buildings in downtown Altoona
ALTOONA, PA — Two key buildings in Altoona’s Central Business District, the former Vipond’s Appliance Store and the Chalk Box, both located on the 1400 Block of Eleventh Ave., are now under new local ownership. “We are excited to breathe new life into these two important and high-profile buildings in Downtown Altoona,” said Mark Ritchey, partner with Curry Realty. “The revitalization that has occurred here in Downtown Altoona and especially Eleventh Ave. over the past few years is amazing, and we are proud to be part of its continued renaissance.” Curry Realty plans to transform the building at 1425 Eleventh Ave. into professional office space and renovate the exterior of the building following the direction of the Pennsylvania Historical commission standards. The former Chalk Box at 1411 Eleventh Ave. was the original location of Kranich’s Jewelry store. Curry Realty plans to remove existing exterior signage to reveal the original façade with brick and windows to complement Saleme Insurance and Bill Sell’s Bold on either side. The building will be updated for use either as new retail or professional services.