Historic structures get second look

 

Three significant historic structures throughout Bellefontaine were the focus of activity at Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting.

While the armory, the old post office and a 1920s bank each has its own history, this year could be the beginning of a new chapter in their individual stories.

The armory, which has sat vacant since the Ohio Army National Guard left, was a last-minute addition to council’s regular agenda. The post office was on the final of three readings to turn it over to a private developer, and a millennial with a vision to open a trendy nightspot showed up unexpectedly to discuss his plans for the 149 W. Columbus Ave. bank building.

The city and Logan County Commissioners have had joint ownership of the former armory, which was first opened in 1950, since the National Guard left about 10 years ago, but the county had its hands tied somewhat to how the building could be utilized for commercial purposes, City Law Director Josh Stolly and Service-Safety Director Jim Holycross explained. The goal is to lease the building at 1021 S. Main St., to a commercial business that is willing to invest to improve it and add value to the city.

 

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