MT Standard: Tester tours award-winning Sears Building

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester toured the Sears Building Monday as two businesses located inside near the grand opening.

Tenants will begin moving into the upstairs Sears Building Lofts Dec.1, and the first floor Hennessy Market, a locally owned grocery, opens Dec. 3 during Butte’s Christmas Stroll.

“It’s been a very long process,” said Nick Kujawa, project developer. “To be this close has us all excited.”

And Monday brought more good news for the project: On the same day the grocery opens, the Sears Building will receive a national “Development of Distinction” award for its innovative financing and historic restoration of a community asset.

The award, given by the nationally certified accounting and consulting firm Novogradac Community Development Foundation, noted the community benefits that come from a linchpin project. The apartments will provide customers for other Uptown businesses while the grocery store will prove beneficial to Uptown residents and workers.

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