This building, the Olds Wagon Works, along Murray Street between Clinton and Lafayette Streets has been slated for demolition for several years now. Â In Feburary, 2006, Jerry Henry, Jr. announced that he was walking away from plans to developing the project into apartments and a home for a social service agency. Â When the financing needed became prohibitive, because of unavailability of tax credits, a decision was made to demolish the structure. Â
To Henry’s credit, he has probably held off as long as he could in hopes another use for the structure could be found. Â Luckily for the city, Henry set his sights on another project – renovation of the beautiful McCulloch-Weatherhogg House, now home to the United Way of Allen County.
Yesterday, I travelled to Dayton Ohio for a woodcarving show. Â No, I don’t carve, but my father does and I thought it would prove an excellent opportunity to get out of town for the day. Â I discovered that I have more amunition to fire back at friends – and family – who constantly tell me I have too much free time on my hands. Â
Anyway, as we drove down Clinton Street on our way out of town, I happened to notice that the top floor of the building was gone. Â When we drove by Murray Street, a quick glance revealed the top floor was now laying in the middle of the street. Â I will try to get over that way today for some photos as another downtown landmark falls.
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Olds Wagon Works