Newark building cleaned out and ready for renovation

March 29, 2014 by  

Although there is still an X on the door of the Union Station building indicating that it is unoccupied and firefighters should not attempt to enter the structure, work on the building is continuing.

Owner Tom Atha, who bought the building in November 2013, has just finished clearing out 30 tons of rubbish preparatory to starting renovations. The building flooded during the 2012-2013 winter season, and again in January 2014.

Union Station is part of the West Church Street project, which in turn forms part of what is known as the ‘ReNewark’ revitalization effort. Like many other communities, Newark is setting out to reinvigorate its downtown, making it a place people want to live and businesses want to operate in. Among the planned improvements are loft apartments, streetscapes, new developments to be located close to the Ohio 16 exit to downtown, and a new traffic pattern for Courthouse Square.

Atha has not yet said what he plans to do with the building, but the project is generating excitement because of its location, and because Atha has done other remodels that have been well-received, specifically loft apartments on Third Street, and his Earthwork Recording Studio. Fred Ernest, the director of an organization focused on downtown redevelopment, called him a “quality guy to have in town”.

Atha might consider working with a banner printing company closer to opening, to create flags to decorate the building.