This announcement first appeared in The Downtown Detail, Old Town Cape, Inc.'s quarterly stakeholder newsletter in the fall of 2016.
We’ve been watching and waiting at the door for glimpses of the inside of the building as construction crews filtered in and out of the Marquette, preparing each floor for new occupants. The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce and Cape Girardeau Convention & Visitors Bureau are newly settled into the freshly renovated historic building downtown with Codefi and several other forward-thinking businesses prepared to follow suit over the coming months. Our anticipation grows as announcement after announcement is made about a new neighbor filling another space at what’s come to be called the Marquette Tech District.
While our storefront window has offered us a great view of the steady traffic of building material deliveries and moving trucks, heightening our excitement about the projects happening down the street, we have decided that it’s time to make a move that aligns with our mission, reflects the progress we have made as an organization and sets us up for future success. We are excited to announce that our office will be relocating to the fourth floor of the Marquette Tower. In 2006 when our organization last relocated, moving far from what was then considered “downtown” was a risk, but our board of directors and small staff of one had big dreams of incorporating the Broadway Corridor as a thriving entryway to the rest of the district.
Executive Director Marla Mills paints the "new" office at 418 Broadway circa 2006
Today, the perception of what is “downtown” has expanded along with the size of our staff as we agree to tackle more projects. Our office has served us well, housing four staff, interns and work studies in a space built for one and serving as the meeting space for many roundtable discussions about advancing downtown Cape Girardeau through historic preservation, economic development, safety, beautification and vibrancy initiatives. After ten years at 418 Broadway, keeping the momentum means moving.
The organization's new location lends itself to increased collaboration among other entities inhabiting the property and gives us increased visibility to both new innovative entrepreneurs and established businesses getting started in the area and looking to move downtown. Moving off street-level also makes way for a new business to occupy what we expect to be a highly in-demand retail storefront in coming years as the wave of decreased vacancy on Broadway advances. Plans for the new office space outline workspaces for staff that will escalate productivity, allowing for more goals to be accomplished.
The new office's common space under construction in the Marquette Tower in November 2016
We want to thank the Rust family for their ongoing support of our organization and for their generosity and diligence as our landlords over the past decade at 418 Broadway.
Our anticipated move date is tentatively set for early December 2016 and we are eager to share the before and after photos of our new space in early 2017!