Apr 29, 2011 2:58 PM by Daniel Johnson (Great Falls)
Neighborworks Great Falls is shining a spotlight on some homes and businesses in Great Falls.
On Thursday, six property owners were recognized for their contributions to the community over the last year.
The annual awards point out major updates or brand new commercial and private properties across the city.
Highest honors for a brand new facility went to Mountain Mudd Coffee Shop on the corner of 9th Street and Central Avenue.
Brandon Jurasek and Casey Duran, the proprietors of Mountain Mudd, said, "We are definitely excited to be associated with Neighborworks which does a tremendous amount for the community, so we want to thank them especially for recognizing us."
Maurice Novak, who was honored for his involvement in the Cory Block section of downtown Great Falls, said, "I was walking down the street one day and Al Henry said 'Congrats!' and I said 'What for?' and he said 'Well you're going to get the award for most improved commercial property downtown!' So it was a real unexpected treat."
Neighborworks employees and volunteers were also honored for their service during today's meeting.
Here is the list:
Best new residential construction
912 7th Avenue South
Best new multi-family rental
Great Falls Housing Authority Sandhills
1501 23rd Street South
Most-improved downtown residential
The Lofts at 503
Todd Stam - Coeur d'Alene
2 through 8 Fifth Street South
Maurice and Lori Novak
M & L Rentals LLC
Most-improved residential renovation
Donna R. Wheeler
609 6th Street South
Best new commercial
Mountain Mudd Espresso
901 Central Avenue
Casey Doran and Brandon Jurasek