ASHLAND -- The Pump House Ministries Inc. is expected to transfer its 345 Orange Street to the City of Ashland.
Ashland City Council unanimously approved legislation Tuesday evening allowing the city of Ashland to accept the deed and transfer of the property, which is positioned near the Pump House Corridor and currently houses the Revivals Thrift Store.
According to Mayor Matt Miller, the city, Ashland County Land Bank and residents interested in helping to facilitate the property transfer by paying off an IRS lean met with the Pump House Ministries' Bruce Wilkinson in June 2019.
At that time, draft paperwork was signed with intentions for the city to take ownership of the property, and a notice was issued to the owners of Revivals Thrift Store to plan a move by June 2020. The thrift store owners do seem to be seeking a new location based on his most recent conversation with them, Miller said.
Ordinance passed by council makes the plan formal.
"That building does have value... and the city is investing the most in the clean up of that area," Miller said.
He thanked the residents who stepped up to pay for the outstanding taxes to allow for this transfer.
He has heard of interest in the property from several. Some would want to keep the structure. Others have considered demolishing it and replacing it with something else.
Wells Road Extension to Route 250
The City of Ashland could soon move forward on its plans to extend Wells Road to Route 250 in the area of the industrial park, possibly even completing the $1.1 million project by the end of 2020.
At its regular Tuesday meeting, Ashland City Council unanimously approved legislation to purchase the approximately one-acre property at 1164 U.S. Route 250 in Ashland for $25,640 from the Estate of Timothy S. Pollard.
The project could enhance the visibility and accessibility of the industrial park, according to the legislation.
In other news at Tuesday evening's council meetings:
-- Mayor Miller shared hopes to light up the stainless steel "A's" located at Ashland's entryways.
Since 2017, three large stainless steel “A’s” have welcomed residents and visitors alike to Ashland. One is positioned at the intersection of U.S. 250 and U.S. 42, another at the intersection of Ohio 60 and Ohio 511 and the third located along U.S. 42 near the WNCO radio station.
An early estimate from Ohio Edison, Miller said, could cost only $3,500 to run electric to those locations.
-- Council highlighted an ongoing project to improve the facade of 16 West Main Street, which Mayor Miller called the "most visible eyesore" in Ashland's historic downtown.
A portion of Center Street could be closed for one to two weeks as equipment is needed that will take up the street.
"Short term sacrifice for long-term gain," Miller said.
-- City leadership announced its leaf pickup is wrapping up. If anyone has a stack of leaves left in their yard, they can contact the street department at 419-289-9791.
-- Council reminded city residents that on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m., Mayor Miller will deliver the State of the City Address at Ashland High School’s Archer Auditorium, 1440 King Road, Ashland, Ohio 44805.
Following introductions of city officials, Miller will highlight the many successes the city experienced this past year and look ahead to the beginning of a new decade.
This is a free event, and the public and media are invited to attend. Doors will open at approximately 6:40 p.m.