$85,000 offered for Myers home
Historical Society board will consider groups bid
By Darcie Loreno
T-G Staff Writer
The Ashland County Historical Society board of trustees today will meet to discuss a bid offered on its A.N. Myers house by a Center Street group last week.
The Center Street Historic District Association, after having the property at 408 Center Street locally appraised, offered the society $85,000 for the home in an effort to avoid demolition.
“We’ll have a discussion (today) on how we feel about it and what we want to do with it,” said Phil Leibolt, society board of trustees president.
The society originally purchased the home in 1998 for $186,000. Until recently, the home was used for apartments and doctors’ offices.
The society in July applied to the Historic preservation Board for demolition of the home as a more financially viable option than renovation. The preservation board denied the application and after a 60 day waiting period - which was over Oct. 2 - meant for the study of other alternatives, there was no extension on the application, thus giving the go-ahead for demolition.
The association had researched other options, such as grants and volunteer work, and presented them to the society near the end of the 60 days.
Council appoints two to Preservation Board
At a regular meeting Tuesday, City Council approved two appointments to the city’s Historic Preservation Board, which had two vacancies doe to resignations and term expirations.
As Mayor Bill Strine’s recommendation, Ron Baker, an Ashland County Historical Society volunteer, was appointed to a four year term ending in 2010. Alan Steiner, vice president of planning and construction for Samaritan Hospital, was appointed for a term ending in 2009.