However, while the outward signs of peeling paint and broken glass have caused people to dismiss a building's potential, one organization has worked to actively highlight that potential, connect redevelopment-minded owners with the resources needed to rehabilitate the building, and encourage the owners to embark on a redevelopment that gives these deserving buildings a second chance. That organization is Heritage Ohio of which Main Street Portsmouth is a member.
Two local properties have been selected as a part of Heritage Ohio's Top Preservation Opportunities Program. Those properties are the Candyland building and the Daehler building.
"Our Top Preservation Opportunities program gives Heritage Ohio the opportunity to come in, assess the building, and educate the building owner about incentives available that make redevelopment possible,"
Since 2007, Heritage Ohio has recognized underutilized, but historically significant, buildings through its Top Preservation Opportunities program. This year's list focused on landmarks located in
Also selected along with the two Portsmouth properties were the former Otto Brothers Department Store in
"At this time Main Street Portsmouth is excited to provide building owners with resources to expertise (architects, accounts, bankers, etc) in the form of site visits and discussion about incentives. The site visits will help building owners to create or focus on a plan for the building's end use once rehabilitation is completed" says
Each building owner will receive two site visits at the building, a basic pro forma outlining redevelopment revenue and expenses, and access to redevelopment expertise. Heritage
"As we travel the state we see so much potential with historic buildings that sit vacant and underutilized. We want our Top Opportunities list to help showcase that potential, so people stop seeing the building as a neighborhood eyesore, and instead see it as full of potential," Barrett said.
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