The push to restore a historic downtown building in need of repair in downtown Galion is continuing to move forward.
Officials with Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing have been working throughout the summer with contractors on repairs to Central Hotel, located at the southwest corner of the Public Square, which was being used as housing for seniors.
Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing Director of Construction Kip Wells said the company is working to finish 18 of the building’s units by the end of year.
“We took out the drywall and are making structural repairs,” Wells said, adding that a county inspection is planned for next week.
Council had approved a $980,000 Revolving Loan Fund request from Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, a non-profit company created in 1989, to help rehabilitate the facility.
The funding is a loan from the stat’s Revolving Loan Fund which doesn’t impact the city’s budget.
The city’s work is in addition to a $2 million investment by the Columbus-based company.
The action came after all residents of the hotel were asked to leave the apartments in April.
The work is being done after the company first noticed some structural issues two years ago and became much worse later. Company officials said they believe the issues were covered over when the original project was approved ten years ago.
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