Scott Blackwell was one winner of the 2009 Design Awards given by Main Street Delaware at its annual meeting Jan. 19.

Scott Blackwell was one winner of the 2009 Design Awards given by Main Street Delaware at its annual meeting Jan. 19.

The developer turned the vacant lot at the southwest corner of Sandusky and William streets, the busiest intersection in the downtown area, into a brick plaza with a fountain and fireplace.

The new plaza sits in the shadows of two key downtown buildings Blackwell purchased, the former Brown Jug Restaurant, now Hoggy's, and the former Bianchi Grill. The latter is undergoing a major renovation, adding housing to the upper floors and a modern restaurant space on ground level.

"This is the kind of privately funded downtown redevelopment project that many towns can only dream about," said Main Street executive director Frances Hamilton.

Also receiving Main Street design awards were:

The city of Delaware, for the City Justice Center addition at 70 N. Union St.

City of Delaware chief building official Jerry Warner, for his accessibility and helpfulness on downtown building renovation and construction projects.

The 1808 American Bistro, 29 E. Winter St., for sidewalk beautification for its lavish display of foliage in exterior planters during warm weather.

BBK Partners Inc., for the exterior paint scheme applied to 38 S. Sandusky St., the building housing Ohio Wesleyan University's Dance Studio.

The Sarah Moore Home, for its four-story addition at Union and Winter streets.

The Delaware General Health District, for its renovation of the former Red Cross building at 5 W. Winter St. and other contributions to downtown.

Denise Dunlap, owner of Nova Restaurant, 5 N. Sandusky St., for the public art adorning the front of the business. Two large paintings of famous bluesmen B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughn overlook the restaurant's vibrant sidewalk patio.

Thomas Slayton, owner of Atomic Advertising, for the branding project he did at no charge for Main Street Delaware.

The group honored outgoing Main Street Delaware board president Donna Meyer, who has served six years on the board and two as president. Joe Diamond will take over as Main Street president for 2010.

Also recognized at the event for supporting Main Street and Historic Downtown Delaware were:

John Wallace of Delaware for serving as Santa Claus in downtown Christmas festivities.

Hiram Masonic Lodge of Delaware for supporting downtown Christmas activities in recent years.

Corner Framing and Gallery owner Linda Shearer for serving as the Main Street farmers market manager.

Dwayne Gardner of Delaware for serving as the farmers market assistant manager.

The Delaware Hayes High School Student Council, for setting up more than 800 luminaries for the December First Friday celebration the last two years.

The Circle K student organization at Ohio Wesleyan, for cleaning up litter in downtown parking lots and volunteering at The Strand.