Meridian Cycles is expanding. Owners Paul and Krista McKenna have purchased The New Frontier Club in downtown Meridian and plans to completely renovate the building.
The project was made possible in part by a façade improvement grant from the Meridian Development Corporation, city officials said.
“When we first opened our doors to customers in 2007, we picked downtown Meridian because we saw the area’s long term potential,” said Krista McKenna. “Over the past ten years, it has been our pleasure to serve the local community. As our business grows and we look toward our future, we see a new opportunity to help Old Town Meridian grow and thrive.”
It will take thousands of dollars to strip The New Frontier Club down to its shell and give the building a complete facelift, officials said.
MDC awarded the owners an $85,000 façade improvement grant. The money will be used to help improve the storefront and bring its character in line with existing properties in the area.
The MDC Board also entered into an owner participation agreement with the McKennas to help them with sewer infrastructure improvements for the building.
“We look forward to helping Meridian Cycles grow and expand in downtown Meridian,” said Ashley Squyres, Executive Director of the Meridian Development Corporation. “Our organization was formed to help stimulate economic development downtown and improve areas that need redevelopment. Meridian Cycles plans to breathe new life into an existing space downtown and that is exactly the type of investment we want to make in our community’s future.”
The McKenna’s plans to update the New Frontier Club building include adding windows to open up the front and back of the building, and cleaning up the alley to create a patio that will serve as a downtown meeting space.
To date, MDC has provided five businesses grants to help with façade improvements.