Johnstown’s city manager finally is a city resident.

More than a year after taking the city’s top administrative job, Curt Davis and his wife, Mary Lou, have moved into a new, loft-style apartment along Main Street.

And Davis is hoping his investment will inspire other developers.

“I want people to see what can be done,” he said. “There are a lot of other buildings that have this same potential in the downtown.”

City Council gave Davis a four-year contract in April 2006. Former City Manager Jeff Silka had resigned in December 2005.

But Davis then owned a home in Westmont, and Johnstown’s charter says managers must live within city limits within six months of their hire date.

Davis initially had planned to move into Mock Tower Lofts along Clinton Street. That deal eventually fell through and spurred a lawsuit, a matter Davis now says has been resolved by “mutual agreement.”

Council gave Davis an extension while he searched for a home.

In February, Davis and Sharyn Spinelli – former owner of a downtown cafe and Em’s sub shops – bought the Kline-Landers building at 345 Main St.

Operating as Morley’s Square LLC, the pair have invested an estimated $750,000 into the purchase and renovation of the three-story structure.

Work has completed on Davis’ 3,000-square-foot, second-floor loft; Spinelli’s living space on the third floor remains under construction.

Davis and Spinelli plan to rent out a smaller, still-unfinished loft on the second floor. The first floor is occupied by an Em’s Original Sub Shop.

The move has significantly shortened the city manager’s commute, as City Hall sits across Market Street from the loft building.

“Honestly, I don’t miss my house,” Davis said.

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