"I was taken aback by the neighbors who walked by and shared their positive feedback about the building. They were genuinely interested in what we were doing," said Kevin Phillips, property owner of the apartment building at 1190 Ralston Avenue, one of the award winners. (Phillips has since sold the property, but accepted the award on behalf of the new owner.)
The annual awards program recognizes individuals, businesses, and community groups who have enhanced the community by making significant exterior improvements to their Belmont properties. Eligible improvements include the enhancement, upgrading, reconstruction, or replacement of a property, making it more visually appealing as well as enriching the surrounding neighborhood or district.
Belmont Hardware, which recently celebrated its 75th anniversary with the unveiling of the store's new facade and neon sign, was the winner in the commercial category.
"We've been working on a facade improvement since I bought the business in 1991," said owner Brad Clore.
And for its efforts to modernize, expand and upgrade six school campuses, the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District received an award in the community building category.
BRSSD Superintendent Michael Milliken and trustee Amy Koo accepted the award on behalf of the district.
"The people of Belmont and Redwood Shores passed a bond in 2010 and now three years later, we have modernized and expanded our facilities and we continue to look for funding sources to continue to improve them," said Milliken.
2014 Belmont Beautiful Award recipients:
- Commercial: Belmont Hardware, owner Brad Clore
- Landscaping: 1927 Oak Knoll
- Residential: 1190 Ralston Ave.
- Community buildings: Belmont-Redwood Shores School District
To nominate a business for next year's Beautiful Belmont Awards Program, go to http://www.belmont.gov/Upload/Document/D240004360/Brochure.pdf