Grant to fund Skaggs mechanical system upgrades

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Grant to fund Skaggs mechanical system upgrades

December 16, 2016 News 0

The local effort to bring new life to the Skaggs Building received a major boost this week with a $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation of West Texas.

Those funds are earmarked for upgrading the mechanical systems serving the four-story office building.

Overseeing the restoration is Plainview Downtown Restoration Inc.

“The Community Foundation of West Texas understands that restoring the beautiful buildings from our past and putting them to good use again is a smart investment,” said Blair Willson, spokesman for Plainview Downtown Restoration. “We’re grateful for their vision, and their support.”

The Skaggs Building was constructed by Henry E. and Nora Skaggs and opened in August 1928 with the Plainview National Bank as a primary tenant and occupant of the ground floor. Later it housed City National Bank, then Hale County Savings and Loan and finally a law firm on the ground floor with medical and professional offices in its upper stories.

It was vacant for a relatively short time before the current restoration efforts started. The initial focus is on the ground floor and exterior with work on the upper levels coming later.

Plainview Downtown Restoration is a nonprofit with a mission to support the restoration and re-use of historic buildings in Plainview and to foster new business and creative talent in the central business district. The group was gifted the Skaggs Building on the northwest corner of Seventh and Broadway in October 2015, and intends to use the ground floor space as an event venue for the community, along with commercial space for startups and other small businesses.

The most recent grant will be used to restore mechanical systems on the ground floor, where dollars from previous gifts have enabled the group to replace broken windows.

Established in 1981, the Community Foundation of West Texas is a regional philanthropic entity created by and for the people of the Texas South Plains region. The Community Foundation exists to improve quality of life in this region by helping donors to give in ways that make an enduring impact on their community. In 2015, the Community Foundation and its affiliates awarded more than $1.7 million in grants and scholarships, funding projects of hundreds of nonprofit organizations, schools and government agencies.  Visit for more information.

Plainview Downtown Restoration is accepting donations for the Skaggs and other downtown projects. For more information on how to help, go to:


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