The Parsons City Council met on Tuesday, March 10 to distribute the $907,000 available this year from the William Mahan Harman Memorial Fund. PRO ON TRAC received a grant of $65,000 to be used for the renovation of the Eddie McDonald Building.
The purpose of the Harman Fund is to provide perpetual funding for several entities in the city of Parsons. As Parsons Attorney Pat Nichols explained, “There are basically four components – one is the Parsons Cemetery, another is the distribution of funds to maintain the Parsons Parks, one for the Parsons Five Rivers Public Library and finally, any remaining net income to be used for the benefit of the citizens of Parsons.” The fund is managed by the Tucker Community Foundation and the interest distributed annually by the Parsons City Council.
PRO ON TRAC was among the projects selected for the benefit of the citizens. "We cannot wait another 30 years before taking action on reviving our downtown," said Dr. Cynthia Kolsun, ON TRAC Liaison. When the McDonald Building renovations are complete, two downtown business spaces as well as two upstairs apartments will be available for use, and one of the most prominent dilapidated buildings in Parsons will have been transformed into a productive and appealing space.
The $65,000 awarded will go a long way toward this transformation. PRO ON TRAC will first be able to finish its current project of reconstructing the floors and center wall. Next, the roof will be repaired, stabilizing the building's condition. The remaining funds will go toward preparing the ground floor for commercial use.
If you would like see photos of the renovations in progress, check out our McDonald Building tag.