Louisville buys a commercial building at 2100 W. Main Street
LOUISVILLE – Municipal authorities are continuing their work to finalize the purchase of a major commercial building at the western end of the city.
What will happen to the site is still up in the air.
The building at 2100 W. Main St. was at one time a Montrose Auto Group location. It is currently home to Sky Sweeping, a commercial car park cleaning business.
“We have signed the purchase agreement,” said city manager Tom Pukys. “It’s not official yet. We’re going through due diligence and carrying out inspections. It’ll probably be a few more months before we wrap things up.”
The purchase price will be $1.33 million.
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“We prepared for this,” Pukys said. “We had put money aside. The counterpart is Fire department, police department. There are many things we could do with this building. Once we have determined what we are going to do with this building, we will have to renovate it for this purpose.”
The building is owned by Zuke Capital Group, a Plain Township-based limited liability company, according to Stark County real estate records.
“We’re just exploring ideas,” Mayor Patricia Fallot said. “It could be used for after-sales service. It could be used for a satellite site for the fire department.”
The fire department now occupies space in the downtown municipal administration building at 215 S. Mill Street.
If city officials go ahead with buying the building, they say there will be no rush to move the current tenant.
“I think they’ll honor the lease,” said attorney Robert Duffrin, the city’s director of law. “I don’t think there is any acrimony with these people.”
Firefighters have reservations
But there has been some concern expressed by the fire department about the possibility of locating them in the building. According to firefighters, this location would add time to respond to an emergency.
Captain Rob Yoder voiced his concerns at a recent town council meeting.
“We are not happy with this location as a fire station,” Yoder said. “It’s on the west side of our city. We don’t support it as a primary fire station. The majority of our calls over the past five years have been in district four, which is the southern part -east of the city. The majority of what we protect is on the east side.”
Yoder agrees with the idea that the fire department should have a new home.
“In reality, we have outgrown our fire station,” the captain said. “We need a new fire station. We don’t think it should be on the west side.”
For one city council member, the potential benefits of acquiring the retail structure outweigh the long-term prospects of not having a retail business in the building.
“I haven’t decided what the best use of the facility is,” Councilman Corey Street said. “It’s too good to pass up, regardless of which (municipal) unit calls it home. We just think it’s the best deal for taxpayers right now.”
Street said buying the structure is more cost effective than constructing a new building.
“When we were looking at building a new fire department (station), what everyone wanted was about $350 a square foot,” Street said. “For a new fire department, that would mean between $7.6 million and $10 million. I think acquiring this building is great value.”
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