Morningstar obtained matching grants for the work through a facade improvement program administered by the Borough of Waynesboro on behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The program matches the property owner's restoration costs dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000.
The two projects on North Potomac Street took longer than anticipated and cost 20 percent to 30 percent more than expected, Morningstar said.
Structural problems and change orders contributed to the delay and price increases, Royer said.
Yet, Morningstar is pleased with the results and already has a grants application pending for another project.
"I would not have done these (two) if not for the facade improvement program," Morningstar said.
Last week, Morningstar and Royer discussed finishing details for the two buildings. Morningstar happily talked about putting stars on the building fronts, a touch that signals the end of one of his rehabilitations.
Both Morningstar and Royer identified the new porch on 8/10 N. Potomac St. as their favorite part of this facade project.
"It made that look so much better," Royer said, while they looked over "before" pictures of the double house. The pictures show the unstable porch drooping four inches in its middle.
"Although there are chairs up there, I think the tenants were afraid to sit up there," Morningstar said.
The projects' Pittsburgh architect saw the work recently, and, overall, he was happy with the results. He said the arches above the windows should not have been painted white, according to Morningstar.
He recently pointed to several other facade projects in the works on North Potomac Street and feels his two might have contributed to those in a domino effect.
"That's exactly what the project is intended to do," Morningstar said.
Know more ... in 30 seconds
The issue: Facade improvement efforts, which have been chronicled in an occasional Herald-Mail series, began in late August at 8/10 and 12 N. Potomac St. in Waynesboro, Pa. The buildings are being restored with grant money obtained through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.
What's new: Waynesboro area businessman Harry Morningstar is overseeing finishing touches to his two buildings. Rehabilitation work included new porches and railings and fresh paint.
What's next: For more information about the grant program, contact the borough manager's office at 717-762-2101.