Resurrecting a historic I.F. building

John Roark / Owner Jake Durtschi stands for a photo in the new 5,000-square-foot Downtown Event Center on Thursday. “I thought the building could be used better,” said Durtschi “It felt like an old-school mall. Our goal is to make it useful.” The center, which is nearing completion with a scheduled Aug. 1 opening, is located at 480 Park Ave. John Roark/

When Jake Durtschi purchased the building at 480 Park Ave. two years ago, it was a shell of its former self. 



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