SHARON, Pa (WYTV) – This week’s Hometown Hero has spent his time and resources making the city of Sharon a better place.
Mike Lisac owns Warehouse Sales, but he is also the owner of several other buildings downtown. Lisac didn’t like the way downtown Sharon was looking, so he did something about it.
“There was a lot of empty buildings,” Lisac said. “The first one I did was the old Eagle building on the corner of Main Street and State Street. I bought that one and just started renovating buildings.”
“Mike Lisac is really a downtown Hometown Hero for Sharon. He really is, and he is probably the most humble man I’ve ever met,” said Laura Ackley, of the Sharon Beautification Commission.
Geri Perna Ibanez, owner of Designs by G, said she couldn’t ask for a better landlord.
“I can’t say enough about what he does. As a landlord, he’s phenomenal. What he’s done for the town in this humble, quiet manner is just so noble and admirable,” she said.
Ackley said Lisac’s ownership of the buildings comes at a time when the city is beginning to thrive.
“There was always a reason we weren’t moving forward for a long time, and then all of the sudden, a couple of years ago, this grassroots effort started and we now have dozens of new shops,” she said.
Ackley said when Lisac makes a decision to do something, he gets it done. One example of that is the building that once housed the old Army Navy store.
“For years, we heard that nothing could be done to beautify it, and all the reasons it would be too complicated and in one weeks time, one week, he had the beautiful American flag painted,” she said.
Lisac purchased the building with plans to beautify it, but he didn’t know how until driving through town one day.
“I came over the bridge one day coming by the diner, and I just looked at the building and saw that I could make that into a flag,” he said. “Came around the corner, took a picture of it. Went back to office and started drawing it up.”
Lisac used his own employees, his own materials and some volunteers to get it done in one week. Still, he wasn’t quick to take credit, thanking his wife, employees and friends for helping him in his work.