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Racine artist Vera Scekic and her husband, Robert Osbourne, want to revitalize a corner of Downtown Racine with a modern building designed to both stand out and fit in.

Photo credit: RacinePost

Scekic got quite a bit of attention a few years ago when she had a modern home built on the south side of town. She is an artist and Osbourne is in software development.

The new building echoes the design of the house and will contain Scekic’s studio and an art gallery, a story in The Journal Times reads.

Scekic and Osbourne purchased an oddly shaped lot at the corner of 6th and Villa Streets and razed the building there that wasn’t original to the site anyway, the story continues.

The couple told the newspaper they hope to attract increased traffic and more visitors to downtown.

All told, the new building is expected to cost around $1 million and measure 3,400 square feet – all of which is being paid for by Scekic and Osbourne without any special help like tax credits or special government loans.

Bukacek Construction is doing the work, which is expected to take about a year.