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Posted on: December 2, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Community Invited to Central Hotel Reopening Dec. 5

A reopening ceremony for Galion’s Central Hotel Apartments will be held on Dec. 5. City officials are excited to join the owner of the complex and community members in celebrating the completion of a major rehabilitation project for the building.

The Central Hotel contains 30 apartment units for senior and income disadvantaged citizens. In early 2015, the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, Central Hotel Apartments Ltd., which owns the building, relocated all of the residents after structural concerns were discovered.

The company needed to stabilize the building, including making corrections to the floor framing and ceilings, as well as rebuilding all 30 living units. The project was completed through cooperation with the Mayor’s Office, Law Department, Building and Zoning Department, and Fire Department, along with the Uptowne Design Review Board.

The City also provided a loan from the Revolving Loan Fund in the amount of $980,740 to help support the $3 million-plus project. The city’s loan allowed the company to rebuild 12 of the living units.

After more than one year of construction, the Central Hotel will open its doors to the community for tours and refreshments on Monday at 10:30 a.m.

The three-story building, located at 10 Public Square, was originally constructed in 1852 and was used as a hotel and later a restaurant. It was listed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1976.

After sitting vacant during the latter half of the 20th century, a redevelopment effort for the Central Hotel was initiated in 2002. More than $3 million in loans was secured to convert the facility into an apartment complex. Construction began in 2004 and the first tenants moved into the building in 2005.

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