Fraternity members, volunteers remodel late officer’s home

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — Starr Pavey said her heart has been broken since her husband, Bill, died in June, but a wide smile appeared across her face as she spoke about his personality and gregarious nature.

Bill was a jokester who made everyone smile, even while he was battling cancer for the last five years of his life, Starr said.

“We laughed all of the time until the last month or so. He said it hurt him to laugh,” Starr said of her late husband.

Bill Pavey was well-known throughout southern Indiana for his service to the community. He worked for the New Albany-Floyd County Parks Department for over eight years as a park ranger before serving as a New Albany police officer for two decades.

It was the day of his death, June 3, when Starr said a friend who was at her house mentioned smelling gas. A few days later, she also noticed the smell, and upon further inspection, a serious gas leak was discovered under her home along with about five feet of standing water.

“It’s just been overwhelming stress since before he died. It’s been one nightmare after the other,” Starr said.

She knew some work was needed on the New Albany house, but said Bill didn’t want any interruptions during their last few months together.

But the impact Bill Pavey had on others during his life has been exemplified by what others have been willing to do in his honor after his death.

Pavey was one of the founding fathers of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at Indiana University Southeast. Over 40 years later, his fraternity brothers are in the midst of an extensive rehabilitation project of his house.

Mark Kruer and Mark Lawrence are co-coordinators of the effort, but it’s been a team

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Downtown Arlington shops celebrate Abram Street remodel

As Hershey Jones set up his namesake restaurant in downtown Arlington in late 2019, Abram Street was undergoing a facelift of its own.

The arterial roadway, running from downtown to the Grand Prairie city limits, had been under some form of construction since 2014. Workers roped off lanes to install new drainage or sewer pipes or reduced lanes to make space for wider sidewalks or lighting. For Jones’ first several months running Hershey’s Palace at 513 E. Abram St., construction complicated parking and downtown.

“It raised a flag,” he said, “but I saw that it was further completed than from the time that I did what I had to do, that it wouldn’t affect me as much.”

Now, as the city puts the finishing touches on the project, Jones is seeing more people walk around — and passersby are seeing more of the businesses that line the street.

“We want people to get out and see that downtown Arlington has improved,” he said.

Mayor Jeff Williams had a similar message Friday at the intersection of Abram and Mary streets. In front of around 50 officials and business leaders, he said better days are ahead for the city, especially downtown.

“We know that we’re not totally out of the pandemic, but we need to take note of great accomplishments, and definitely Abram is one of those,” Williams said.

The project, which voters voted to fund in the 2008 bond elections, spanned seven miles, from Collins Street to just past state Highway 360. Its completion marks the end of construction-related traffic headaches for downtown businesses and motorists. The six-year project was the largest street rebuild in the city’s history, according to officials.

Along Abram Street’s downtown stretch, businesses have started to see the renovation’s effects.

Natalie Ellis, general manager of the record

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BIA’s Virtual Remodel Tour 2020

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The first ever, all virtual Tour of Remodeled Homes is going on now at with premier sponsors Congleton Lumber and Wiseway making this unique opportunity possible for everyone with a simple click of a mouse. Meet the professional remodeler members of the Building Industry Association of Central Kentucky and tour the 14 projects on this year’s tour while we keep your safety top of mind.

Many of us have spent the last several months dreaming of how we’d like to improve our homes and this virtual tour is certain to inspire while also allowing you to get to know the professional remodelers and while things might have shut down or slowed down for many industries over the last 6 months, our builders and remodelers across Central Kentucky have been busy keeping our economy moving helping dreams come true.

Maybe it’s an outdoor living space, a kitchen remodel, or maybe you need a little more space and an addition might be what you’ve been dreaming of during this time? Need some ideas? Inspiration? You can go online now at to see the entire tour with lots of details, videos, 360 photography, along with still photography. The 14 projects on the tour this year have a variety of interesting features to help inspire your next project from kitchen, bath, master suite, additions, outdoor living space, to whole house remodel projects by the BIA’s professional remodelers.

This year’s Virtual Tour of Remodeled Homes premier sponsors are Congleton

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Row-House Remodel – Fine Homebuilding

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Synopsis: This late-1800s row-house kitchen had an awkward layout with a small half-bathroom encroaching on the space. The design team reworked the layout so the two rooms now work in tandem, incorporating a structural load-bearing post into the design. The five different ceiling levels in the original kitchen and dining room meant smoothing out the planes and creating a tray ceiling. A number of small but unique decisions including a wood range hood and an accent pendant light off-centered from the sink make this kitchen design truly shine.

Designer Nicole Cole, principal of vestige HOME, is accustomed to working in Philadelphia’s old row houses. She treasures their historical details and time-worn feel. “Even when it’s a new space, we want it to feel like there’s a bit of story to it,” she says. “It should be contextually appropriate.” That mindset informed the remodel of this late-1800s row-house kitchen. The homeowners wanted a new space optimized for frequent family meals, and materials had to be tough enough to handle two young boys. It was determined early on that the renovation would not be possible without also addressing the adjacent, awkward half-bath.

Working out the kinks

The oddly shaped and poorly placed bathroom’s curved wall pressed into the kitchen, eating up valuable square footage. Outside the bathroom, awkwardly located French doors, an exposed support column, unfinished cabinetry, and an obtrusive refrigerator also needed to be dealt with. “There was a lot of unusable space that made the whole area feel unconsidered,” Cole notes, adding that without adequate storage space, items ended up crowding the undersize counter space.

Builder Kenny Grono of Buckminster Green, who carried out the renovation, explains that originally, between the dining room and kitchen, there were five different ceiling planes—including two soffits and a skylight

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A Quaint Remodel: New To Market In Historic Niles

FREMONT, CA — Homes this sweet don’t hit the market too often in the old railroad town of Niles. And even better, this one, a remodeled, two-bedroom, is within walking distance of Main Street.

Priced at $837,738, the 1,385-square-foot residence dates to 1922 and still retains its period charm, including a vintage-vibe range in the kitchen.

A portion of the detached and finished garage could be transformed into an in-law suite, as well, for an added bonus, according to the listing.

Take a peek, and don’t miss the mini outdoor kitchen in the backyard — a space just waiting to be transformed into a cozy gathering spot.

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  • Address: 332 Riverside Ave, Fremont, California
  • Price: $837,738
  • Square Feet: 1385
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2 Baths
  • Built: 1922
  • Features: Adorable quiet river side home in historic Niles has only had one other owner and is a potential 2-Unit Site. Very practical Niles floor plan with larger than typical rooms flows wonderfully. Remodeled kitchen is a wonderful stroll down memory lane.
  • The 2 bedroom, 1 bath is configured to become a 3 bedroom, 2 bath.
  • The detached finished & permitted garage with epoxy floors has a full bath & could easily become an in-law unit with a very long driveway for loads of off-street parking. Sideyard access possible both sides. Approx. 10-year-new roof and upgraded 200 amp electrical service with grounded electrical outlets in house.
  • Walking distance to Downtown Niles (go to for a list of the countless events), Quarry Lakes and Alameda Creek with Highway 84 and BART close by.

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