Photo by Julia Hart
Businesswoman Silvia Ramos handled the gears under Contractor Andy Downing’s watchful eyes, during a housing demolition next to her family business at 1015 E. Lincoln Ave.
As of Tuesday, October 3, 2017
The 1000 block of East Lincoln Ave. is the newest area of the city to undergo urban renewal, thanks to businesswoman Silvia Ramos.
Wednesday, aided by Andy Downing of Downing Construction, Ramos took the first swing at knocking down a house to make way for construction of Ramos’s new two-story professional tax services building at 1015 E. Lincoln Ave.
“I need the space, and I’m also helping to beautify our community,” Ramos said.
Ramos, who operates her tax services in a building that once housed a Lincoln Avenue art gallery, began planning more than a year go to tear down her existing building and build a brand new one to house her expanding business.
Her offices share space with her mother who operates a gift shop next door.
“I am very excited for the new building. I have worked very hard to have a new building. The community needs it, as well as my staff,” she said
The plans also call for expanded parking on the west end of the property, Ramos said.
“Off-street parking has been a major concern for several years as my business has grown,” she said.
“We have been in this building for seven years now that we are ready for a new look,” she said.
“We hope to attract more business owners as well as taxpayers to our new office,” Ramos said.
She added the new facility will not only have additional office and conference room space, but a play area is being developed for her customers’ children.
“We will have a kids’ area while our clients wait and, of course, more privacy for our customers,” she said.
Ramos said when she started her business she had one employee.
“Now, we have 12 employees during tax season and three full- time employees, year-round,” she said.
She said her brother Ignacio Ramos Jr. will be her builder and her husband Jose Morfin will be helping out on the project that is expected to be completed by next March.
“It will be a family project.”