UNION — Already a showcase for downtown Union Main Street Junction will soon be even more attractive thanks to a $45,000 donation from the Timken Foundation.
On Thursday, Timken Tyger River Plant Manager Bob Hart and Human Resources Manager John Robbins presented City of Union Mayor Harold Thompson, City of Union Utility Director Joe Nichols, and Main Street Junction Advisory Committee members Andrena Powell-Baker and Graham Williams with a check for $45,000 from the Timken Foundation of Canton, Ohio.
Hart said that the donation is another example of the Foundation’s commitment to support the communities the Timken Company has a presence in. He pointed out that over the past several years the Foundation has allocated funds in support of a number of local organizations and institutions in Union County.
The institutions and organizations that have received funds from the Timken Foundation include the Union Campus of Spartanburg Community College, the Miracle League of Union County, the Bonham and Buffalo fire departments, Union County Arts Center, Salvation Army, Union County Carnegie Library, Union County School District, Union County Stadium, the Cross Keys House, and, now, Main Street Junction.
Thompson thanked the Timken Foundation for its generosity.
“It’s great, we’re delighted Timken would donate that amount to us for this building,” Thompson said. “We’ll put it to good use.”
Thompson said the donation is dedicated to the purchase of furnishings for Main Street Junction.
“We have some rooms upstairs, some office space that needs furnishing so we’ll probably be using it on that,” Thompson said. “Also, in the park area we’re talking about a sitting/entertainment area, so we’ll be looking at spending it wisely.”
Thompson said that the newly-appointed Main Street Junction Advisory Committee will look at the options available for furnishing the building and advise the city on what to purchase.
Main Street Junction
Located at 107 East Main Street in downtown Union, Main Street Junction is the result of $1.5 million project the city undertook in 2015 to renovate the old Super 10 building and turn it into a multi-purpose facility that can accommodate events and activities such as weddings, receptions, family reunions, corporate meetings, dances, comedy shows and fashion shows.
Main Street Junction features a catering kitchen, restrooms, and a banquet area downstairs. There are also accordion glass doors at the back of building that open onto a covered veranda. Stairs on both ends of the deck allow access to the fenced-in ornamental park.
The reception area in front of the building has two flat screen TVs, chairs, sofa and tables. An elevator inside the reception area takes people to the second floor. There is also a stairway beside the building allowing entry from the sidewalk to upstairs.
The upstairs areas also features two offices, a kitchenette, a conference room with a flat-screen TV, restrooms, a bridal dressing room and a flex room.
In addition to the renovation of the building itself, the project also included the demolition of an adjacent building to make way for a patio with handicapped access to the park built behind Main Street and to the restroom facilities within the junction itself.
Since its Grand Opening on Aug. 1, 2016, Main Street Junction has been the site of a number of event beginning with the Union County Meals on Wheels Charity Gala which was held at the end of August in the Great Room. This year, Main Street Junction was the site of the “Baby It’s Cold Outside Winter Ball” hosted by the Union County Youth Leadership Program in January for the students of Union County High School. On Thursday, it was the site of a celebration held in honor of retired Union County Chamber of Commerce executive director Torance Inman.
Anyone interested in renting all or part of Main Street Junction may call Debbie Woodard at the City of Union at 864-429-1700.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.