New office building going up in downtown Newark

August 29, 2013 by  

Newark businessman Jerry McClain revealed this month that he is constructing a new office building that will house his firm, but his intent is not merely to create new work spaces, but to beautify Newark as well.

The building, which is to be sited at Locust and North Fourth Streets, will cost approximately $2.3m, and will provide 7,000 square feet of space.

The building is only one facet in a plan to improve downtown Newark and make it more attractive to visitors, businesses and residents. Another is a decorative bridge that will be located near the Fourth Street off-ramp from Ohio 16 leading into the downtown area.

In order to continue the beautification of the city, the new building will be fully landscaped, and have an ornamental fence. McClain said that both the county and city have helped get construction underway, to improve the impression visitors have of Newark when they enter the city from the west. Roger McClain, Jerry’s son, added he felt fortunate the city’s developers are backing the idea.

The McClains said they are also considering making improvements to an old phone company building that stands next to the site of the new construction. The improvements would be designed to make the two structures harmonious. The duo said they hope to start construction of the ornamental Fourth Street bridge late in 2014 or early the following year.

McClain will want to publicize the beautification effort, so he could consider working with brochure printers to create a mailer for Newark residents, apprising them of the construction.