Monday, Aug 22nd, 2011
The recent opening of McCarthy & Bailey’s Irish Pub today showcases the first of several exciting new establishments on the 400 block of Pearl Street in downtown Sioux City, city officials say.
The $1.5 million redevelopment, spearheaded by local businessman Rick Bertrand, is transforming several aging buildings with new facades and significant interior renovations to further enhance the downtown historic district.
“The opening of McCarthy & Bailey’s will drive future development and provides yet another reason for people to visit Sioux City,” Mayor Mike Hobart said.
“The City’s partnership with local developers like Rick Bertrand continues to benefit our community,” city economic development director Marty Dougherty said. “The initial revitalization occurring in the Historic Pearl District is attracting new business and investment into downtown.”
The $2.48 million Pearl Street reconstruction project between Fifth and Seventh streets was completed earlier this year and provides an appealing new look with trees, landscaping, decorative street lamps, and colored concrete to the area. In addition, the council approved a facade improvement program and design manual for the Historic Pearl District earlier this month with nearly a dozen additional projects anticipated to be complete by the end of 2011.
Redevelopment of the buildings in the 400 block of Pearl is slated for completion this fall.