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    January 2007

    • Old Armory Repurposing Progressing * Chillicothe's old armory building is now out of the hands of the state and owned by the city. In its October 23rd session, city council voted to accept the property...

    • Smith Junior High School Almost Certainly to be Closed * Several articles recently in the Chillicothe Gazette report that the Chillicothe City School District will most likely close down the Smith Junior High School building after anticipated new construction and reorganizing of district elementary schools...

    • Ross County Courthouse Re-Completed * Renovation to the Ross County Courthouse ended at the end of November. The almost $1,000,000 work was a major re-investment in a building that I am told was under consideration for demolition and replacement in the 1970s...

    • Walke House Restoration * Neil Coleman's restoration of the Walke House is slow going but impressive...

    • Harley's House 2006 * Its been a busy year for "Harley's House" in the Earl H. Barnhart Buzzard's Roost Nature Preserve. I reported on the work we've done on the building in April 2006 and December of 2005. Here's a summary of what we've done so far.

    • Mr. Castor's 2005 Letter to the Editor * While combing through my files, I came across another letter to the editor penned by new Design Review Board member Tom Castor. His August 21st, 2005 letter further clarifies his views on preservation and the Design Review Board...

    • Kevin Coleman Almost Appointed to the Chillicothe Design Review Board * On January 10th, Chillicothe Mayor Joe Sulzer appointed me to the Design Review Board...

    • Rebuilding the Keystone of "Rainbow Row" * With downtown investor Ed Kunzelman as co-chair of the downtown revitilization effort, I thought I might include a story I wrote but didn't publish in the summer of 2004 that featured him and his "Parkview Shops"...

    • Downtown Revitalization Effort Forging Ahead * In my previous newsletter, I reported that the Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce is coordinating an effort to hire a consultant to develop an "economic enhancement strategy" for Chillicothe's downtown. The meeting January 3rd had about 100 attend, more than the organizers anticipated...

    • Cottages Still Stand... * In my previous newsletter, I reported that two wood frame cottages on North High Street were to be demolished January 2nd, according to signs posted on the houses. So far, they still stand, but who knows for how long...


    September-December 2006

    • Downtown Revitalization Effort * The future of Chillicothe's downtown has been in the news lately. You may have read the article in the December 7th Chillicothe Gazette entitled "Group looks for help to revitalize local downtown"...

    • North High Street Cottages Lost * The northwest entry of Chillicothe will change soon with the demolition of two wood frame cottages at 738 and 742 North High Street, which will make way for an expanded BP gas station at the corner of North High and Orange streets....

    • Tom Castor Appointed to Design Review Board * Mayor Joe Sulzer has appointed former radio journalist Tom Castor and spokeman for the Ross County Sheriff's Office and Crime Stoppers Anonymous to a position on the Design Review Board, replacing the resigning Rami Yoakum.

    • A Majestic Christmas Gift * The lawn of the Majestic Theatre - or rather the Majestic Performing Arts Center - has grown by two lots...

    • More Carlisle Criticism * On December 9th, a letter to the editor by Tom Castor appeared entitled "Carlisle problem needs solutions, not criticism." With that headline, I was hopefull that it was a positive comment about the Carlisle situation...but was disappointed...

    • New St. Mary's 'Convent' Windows * The windows of 61 South Paint Street, formerly the St. Mary's Convent and now church offices, have been replaced with vinyl windows with the approval of the Design Review Board....

    • Haggling over Downs House Remnants * The mosty-demolished Zimaroy Downs House just will not find peace. A further alteration in the plans for the site was proposed in the December 12th Design Review Board meeting by owner First Baptist Church...

    • Brewmaster's House Demolished * The house at 51 East Water Street was demolished for an expanded drive-through for the neighboring Oak Hill Bank Saturday, November 15th...

    • Sherman Haus Reviving * One of the oldest surviving buildings in Chillicothe appears to be coming back to life after a damaging fire July 22nd...

    • Bypassing Wisdom * The South Bloomfield Bypass has to be the dumbest idea to come down the pike so far. A bypass around a straight shot through a small town?...


    August 2006

    • Brewmaster's House to be Demolished * The house at 51 East Water Street is set to be demolished for an expanded drive-through for the neighboring Oak Hill Bank.

    • Second Street Fire Losses * The two burned buildings on East Second Street are in the process of being demolished. But was that necessary?

    • Vinyl Windows for St. Mary's Convent * The wooden multipane windows of 61 South Paint Street, formerly the St. Mary's Convent and now church offices, will be removed and replaced with vinyl windows.

    • Remnants of Mansion May Be Further Reduced * As the Zimaroy Downs House at 53 West 4th Street was being demolished, a little too much was torn down.

    • Badmouthing the Carlisle Again * John Fraim is a regular columnist for the Chillicothe Gazette. I bristled at his "A quick newcomer's guide to Chillicothe" column in the August 9th paper.

    • Camp Sherman Gateposts Resurrected * In early May, a Camp Sherman gatepost was discovered along State Route 104 at the north VA Medical Center entrance. On August 24th, its partner was discovered.

    • Gazette Articles on Preservation * Over the Labor Day weekend, the Chillicothe Gazette printed a series of articles on preservation in Chillicothe. It is a decent series that pleasantly suprised me in its thoroughness and fairness. I could comment on and on about statements made in the articles...

    • John Fraim Again * In a column on August 30th, he again concerns himself with historic preservation in Chillicothe: "We had the devastating Second Street fires, leaving the underappreciated street looking like a gap-toothed hillbilly."

    • Altered Features Change Facade * Replacement vinyl windows seem to be appearing on historical buildings at an increasing rate. The building at 75 North Paint Street is one of them.

    • Arsonist of Historic Church Released Early * The man who essentially destroyed a historic log church in rural Harrison Township will have to pay $2,788 in restitution, but will get early release.

    • Big Bear Climbs Down * The neon-trimmed icon of a big brown bear lost its perch on the Central Center sign July 17th.


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