This project was part of the The Greater Meredith Program's effort to enhance the economic vitality, historical and cultural heritage, and town-wide beautification, thru offering the Façade & Site Improvement Grant Program. The focus of this program grant, is to offer assistance to a Meredith property owner or merchant striving to promote and preserve the greater Meredith community. An example of a previous GMP Façade Improvement site can be seen on Phu Jee's restaurant on Main Street.
Only one grant will be awarded for the Façade and/or Site Improvement Program yearly. During the application period the Greater Meredith Program Design Committee invites those who qualify to apply for design assistance up to a value of $3,000. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received assistance. Applications must adhere to the following criteria: Façade or site must be within Meredith; proposed improvements must be visible from the street and must embrace the Façade & Site Improvement Design Committee Guidelines. The following points will also be considered by the GMP Design Committee: visual impact of the improvements and their overall effect, the historical significance of the property and the ability of the GMP to leverage its funding with other sources.
Projects are to be submitted to the Design Committee and only one application per applicant may be submitted. Applications for 2022 must be received by January 7, 2022. The successful applicant will be notified by February 1, 2022.
The statue was created by sculptor, Valery Mahuchy, of Bethlehem, NH, the “Archie” statue, and placed on Main Street in Community Park. It was created to commemorate Meredith resident and artist, the late Bob Montana. The GMP Design Committee also received the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce 2018 Civic Pride Award for the “Archie" statue. The Civic Pride Award is presented to an organization in recognition of civic projects that have been of significant benefit to the Meredith area community.
Architect Chris Williams, Jim McFarlin, chair of the "Archie" Committee and Bill Gartner are credited with bringing the project to completion. Congratulations to the GMP Design Committee for their efforts and to all who donated to this project.