Oil Region Alliance Makes Room for Congressman G.T. Thompson

| February 22, 2019

OIL CITY, Pa. – The Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry & Tourism recently completed a renovation of the second floor of 229 Elm Street, Oil City, to make room for Congressman “G. T.” Thompson’s office in the ORA’s main building, directly adjacent at 217 Elm.

The move was prompted by redistricting, which removed Titusville, PA from the Congressman’s territory and forced the closure of the congressman’s office there in December 2018.

“Keeping the Congressman’s office in this area of the district is vitally important,” said ORA CEO John R. Phillips, II. “It was the impetus for renovating next door, but we will continue to invest and develop properties within the Oil Region for the improvement of our communities.”

The congressman’s staff occupy two offices at the back of 217 Elm, which can be accessed through the main entrance, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office can also be reached by phone at 814-670-0432.
ORA Vice President for Heritage Development Marilyn Black moved from 217 to 229 along with Oil City Main Street, which employs Kathy Bailey as Main Street Manager and Stewart Armstrong as Artist Liaison and Marketing Coordinator.

“It’s exciting to start the new year in a new setting,” said Bailey. “Our new space has been fully renovated – it’s fresh and clean with modern conveniences blended with the character of a beautiful historic building. The Oil City Main Street Program and ARTS Oil City have grown in recent years, and we now have more elbow room to carry out our plans and projects. We thank the Oil Region Alliance for its investment in downtown Oil City, and look forward to our continued partnership in the years ahead.”

Contact information including phone numbers and mailing addresses for ORA and Oil City Main Street staff have not changed.

New carpeting, lighting, windows, and paint were part of the renovation as well as sprucing up the restroom and kitchen.

An additional street-facing space on the second floor was also renovated and is now available for rent from the ORA. The 235-square foot office includes access to a shared restroom and kitchen. Rent includes electric, gas, water and sewer. There is also a carpet allowance. The 18×13’ space could be divided into two rooms for an additional fee, but no other build out is available. Because the space must be accessed by stairs, arrangements can be made for using conference space on the first floor of 217 Elm.

The property at 229 Elm, built circa 1910, was originally Oil City’s Salvation Army and has since housed a millinery and law offices. The building was donated by the McFate family to the ORA in August 2016. It was vacant at the time. Following a renovation by the ORA, the first floor has been rented by two commercial tenants, the West Central PA chapter of the American Red Cross and the Oil City office of Senator Scott Hutchinson.

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