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The Old Newark Advocate Building Demolished

In January 2017, the old Newark Advocate News building was demolished.

Old Newark Advocate Newspaper Building

The Old Newark Advocate Newspaper Building Entrance

As Of 11 January, 2017, crews were working on filling in the basement.

Old Newark Advocate Building is demolished.

The old Newark Advocate Newspaper Building is demolished in January 2017.

Newark, Ohio Courthouse Repairs And Canal District Farmers Market Opening

Licking County Courthouse renovation and construction.

Licking County Courthouse undergoes renovation.

Construction began this week on the Licking County Courthouse. There are  many other improvements being done in downtown Newark, Ohio.

The first fully completed project will be the Canal District Farmers Market, a big win for EBT card holders as so much of the farmer’s market has been dedicated to their needs. This will be a welcome addition to an area with so many on the EBT system looking for ways to convert their taxpayer provided EBT food budgets into more than just what local grocers offer. There will be a token system in place that will allow EBT credit to be freely traded in creative ways at the market.

The market will provide an easy way for Canal Market District vendors to collect on the EBT system without the usual accountability procedures that restrict purchases at common retail outlets. The simple application process described on the Canal District website will be helpful for any vendor looking for an added revenue stream.

The community continues to look with wonder as each new phase of the downtown projects are revealed.

New Subway In Newark, Ohio

New subway in Newark, Ohio.

Subway restaurant in downtown Newark, Ohio.

The new Subway restaurant on the square in downtown Newark, Ohio is the nicest I’ve ever been in. They’ve kept the old metal ceiling. 

Newark, Ohio Downtown Project

There’s a new $4,000,000 project in the works for Downtown Newark, Ohio. The plan is for a farmer’s market, public restrooms, and a park-like area. This plan rendering was passed out by Wachtel & McAnally

Newark, Ohio future farmer's market plans.

Plan rendering for downtown Newark, Ohio farmer’s market and park.

I went and listened to the speech where the speakers thoroughly discussed the history of canal street and explained that they wanted to bring the area back to it’s place of prominence. They feel that these plans for a farmer’s market and “green space” will do the trick. The new Canal District Market plan was shrouded in secrecy(with numerous leaks of course) and it was announced that it would be a public/private agreement with the TJ Evans Foundation. It’s easy to get lost in the details from that point, at least it was for me. 

I’d like to say this will be nice. It probably will be. The problem is that much of it makes no sense. There has been a constant complaint about parking in downtown Newark, Ohio. Many like myself just don’t get it. There is plenty of parking right where this project is going to take place. That does not stop The Downtown Newark Association, every new round of politicians, and government employees from constantly spending money on studies to show that Newark needs grants and other forms of tax dollars to improve the parking. Along comes this project that detracts from the amount of parking and I see these groups applauding the effort. It makes the claim of lack of parking as the primary reason for the decline of Newark’s downtown seem like even more of a fallacy. 

It will be interesting to see the project happen regardless of the confusion and questionable spending surrounding it. I also await the outcome of what the effect of a project like this really does for the area. 

 

And The Real Name Of State Route 13 Is…

This is just annoying. Everyone is used to referring to State Route 13 as 4th Street, but now they’ve added another name, “Reese-LeFevre Parkway”. It’s sure to add confusion to any visitor not familiar with Newark, Ohio. 

Confusing Newark, Ohio Main Street Intersection.

Intersection of 4th and Main, or is it Reese-LeFevre Parkway and Main, or State Route 13 and Main?

Right now, it is easy to point out craziness in Newark, Ohio and this is just another more recent change to the downtown. The added signage really doesn’t add any value, but does add confusion. 

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Meijer Closing In Newark, Ohio. City Officials Offer Help To Find Public Money To Aid Them.

It was a bit of a shock to many to hear that the Newark, Ohio Meijer department store was closing. The long favored store for many in the area seems to be doing a great business. The parking lot is always full and there is rarely a complaint about the store. Customers like it’s size, the employees, and the prices are competitive. An official explanation really hasn’t been given other than that the store is simply dated and not with the standards of of other stores in the Meijer chain.

Meijer department store in Newark, Ohio.

Meijer department store in Newark, Ohio with the usual full parking lot.

Corporations do what they will and sometimes leave the public in the dark or give generic explanations. That’s just how it is. They’re in the business of making money and not entertaining the whims of customers unless of course, that means making more money. They’re even legally bound to their stockholders to exercise all efforts possible to make money. When they decide to close a store, that’s just that.

What I found even more shocking was the reaction of Licking County Chamber Of Commerce and the Mayor of Newark, Jeff Hall. Many in the Chamber of Commerce claim to be Conservatives. It was reported in the local news that they were dismayed that Meijer did not come to them seeking help. They want to offer government funded grants and anything else to entice the store into staying open. Hearing Conservatives make the suggestion of using public money to enrich a corporation runs counter to their beliefs and there is nothing conservative about it. To make matters worse, Meijer didn’t even make a claim that they needed additional funding to stay open. The city officials don’t even know the company’s future plans for the area.

Conservatives, it appears that we don’t really have as many true conservatives as previously claimed. Democrats, what’s the fuss? It’s common that your party loses in Licking County and you blame Republicans for everything. Actions like this show that Republicans are doing your bidding though, so I don’t understand the complaints? 

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McGuffey Elementary School Saved From Destruction

West Main Intermediate School in Newark, Ohio.

Steve Anderson purchased the former West Main Intermediate School for $90,000 at auction saving it from destruction.

It’s not to difficult to point out the waste by Newark City Schools. I’ve seen it more than a few times, but most notably when they tore down an elementary school on Deo Drive recently fully renovated with a new roof, windows, parking lot, HVAC system, and more. A few excuses were given like asbestos in the building, someone could buy it and let it fall into a state of disrepair and hurt surrounding property values, and that the lot was worth more with the building removed. Many don’t believe any of the excuses. It would seem common sense that a large solid brick structure with a gymnasium would be valuable to someone. The fact that the lot still sits empty on Deo Drive after many years is evidence that an empty lot isn’t of use to anyone.

AutomaticI was pleased to discover from Cultural Offering that blogger and real estate investor Steve Anderson bought the former West Main Intermediate School from Newark City schools for $90,000. This is great news. I’m sure that Mr. Anderson has paid far, far more than most by supporting Newark City Schools with property taxes he’s paid on his numerous properties in their district. I’m hoping that he gets a great return on his investment. This also means one less empty lot or eyesore in the area. 

The idea of finding an investor should be automatic! Of course, there’s no way to skim from a simple sale to a private investor. There is no demo crew to hire at an inflated price, no disposal fees to pay, no way for salvage crews to scavenge numerous items that are like new from recent improvements. There is just a buyer with an interest in making a profit and creating a usable facility for business. Sure, there’s not a huge profit in the $90,000 sale, but over time, there could be far more collected from any business that takes place here.

I find it interesting that the city claims it needs office space and is contemplating spending a massive amount of money on a new office building. They’ve torn down more office space than they need in a few locations. Private businesses have no problem making use of these structures as we can see with the old Mound School that Jobes, Henderson and Associates and Layton Services uses for their office space. After many years of private ownership, the old school still looks better than most buildings surrounding it and they’ve been great neighbors for those living in the area.

Mound School converted to offices in Newark, Ohio.

The former Mound School in Newark, Ohio successfully transformed into office space.

So, it’s been proven before that these solid old structures still have value to the taxpayers. Most likely, it will be proven again. Granted, the timing may not be exactly right for the sale of these structures. As the federal government drags down the private funds by providing the grants required to build new schools, there is less purchasing power available from the private sector to get high bids for the old schools. Over time, the money does come back the community and the sentimental value of the buildings remains intact.

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Newark,Ohio Mannerchor Ox Roast For 2012

2012 OX ROAST FLYER For Newark Mannerchor

The Newark Mannerchor will have their Ox Roast Saturday August 11, 2012. Admission is free and food is priced reasonably. 

Music in the Courtyard

The Music In The Courtyard event will be at The Works in Newark, Ohio. 

June 8th The Ben Thomas Trio will play.

July 6th is Johnny Thief & The Cleptones.

August 3rd is Sticks & Stones.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser To Support The Licking County Sports Association

Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser Saturday Jan 21st from 1-4pm at the Heath Eagles at 1007 Hollander St.

classic spaghetti carbonara

Image via Wikipedia

Come out and support Licking County Sports Association!

There will be Entertainment & 50/50 Raffle. Also news about our New Location & Sign ups for the 2012 Season.

Tickets can be purchased at the door.
$7 Per Person
5 & Under $3 
Family $25 (Max 5 People each additional person $3)

 


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