Hobart Historic Restoration (HHR) has worked with over a dozen communities to identify strategic direction, identify prime properties, manage construction and provide ongoing asset optimization and property management. HHR has recognized, validated, and is uniquely poised to optimize this significant trend by working with communities in strategic partnerships to rehabilitate historic properties and build new housing to the benefit of the community, the state, and private investors. We typically focus on mixed-use projects with ground floor commercial and upper-story market-rate housing (with luxury finishes), though we also have experience with both commercial and residential housing projects. Our projects are typically an instrumental catalyst for continued downtown revitalization. Our historic rehab projects have been awarded by the state of Iowa for their integrity and impact by the State of Iowa.
Jim Hobart has over 40 years of experience in the construction industry. With his background ranging from residential to heavy industrial work, Jim has developed a unique ability to visualize the transformation of historic buildings in to viable business opportunities. Hobart Historic Restoration’s Midwest values and experienced team bring new life to the beautiful but neglected buildings of many Midwest communities. With a positive and flexible attitude, Hobart Historic Restoration is proud to lead the revitalization of many historic communities.
Department of Cultural Affairs
SHPO’s Stakeholder Group
B.J. Hobart has 25 years in Sourcing, Project Management, Contract Negotiation, and Contract Management. This diversified experience has been mainly in power utilities and industrial companies settings. She holds a B.A. from University of South Florida and a M.S. from Creighton University Law School. B.J.’s dual role with Hobart Historic Restoration is both Project Manager and Contracts Manager, and she relies on her analytical, technical and problem solving skills to mitigate risk, meet deadlines and stay within budgets.
City of Cedar Rapids Historic Preservation Commission; Cedar Rapids Economic Housing Committee; Mediation Services Eastern Iowa (MSEI), Board Member
Josh Hobart graduated from Iowa State University in computer engineering and since has had 10 years of experience in industrial, commercial and residential construction. Josh serves as Project Manager and IT support for Hobart Historical Restoration. Josh is accustomed to meeting critical deadlines and demands a high degree of quality in construction which helps to make him a successful project manager.
Cedar Rapids Economic Housing Committee
Mary Ottoson has over 10 years of experience in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors, creating a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of how governmental entities and stakeholders build partnerships with investors for continued community development and revitalization. She holds a B.A. in History from Michigan State University and a M.S. in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her role with Hobart Historic Restoration is Historic Preservation and Incentives Specialist, with an emphasis on state and federal incentives related to historic preservation, infill, and sustainability.
Board of Directors, Preservation Iowa and the City of Cedar Rapids Visual Arts Commission
Ruth Wehde has joined HHR with over 22 years of office and business administration experience as well as several years as project coordinator for submission of government contracts. She is responsible for all accounting aspects for HHR including, but not limited to, monthly preparation of pay applications and draws for all projects.
Casey Dunagan comes to HHR with over 20 years of management, customer service, and non-profit experience. A graduate of Iowa State University his career path has led from retail giants like J.C. Penney and TJ Maxx to a decade with the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. As Property Manager at HHR he will be managing properties from leasing to daily operation.