HINCKLEY TWP. — Officials hope renovations will begin soon on the 173-year-old Hinckley Historical Society building.
Medina County commissioners authorized the advertisement of bids to redo the back porch, the foundation and to add a wheelchair-accessible lift. Hinckley Township owns the 1846 Greek revival house, located at 1634 Center Road.
County Commissioner Colleen Swedyk said “this project is a long time coming,”
The building was once the Hinckley library. The wooden back porch was built in the 1970s and is “deteriorating,” Historical Society president Chuck Gibson said.
“The weather has taken its toll on it,” he said. “It needs to be replaced. It’s really ugly.”
In order to install a lift, the foundation needs to be reinforced, Gibson said.
The porch and steps will be concrete. It will be enlarged to accommodate the lift.
“We’re trying to get the project underway,” he said. “Hopefully, it will commence in a month.”
Under ideal conditions, it could be done by the fall, Gibson said.
Trustee Ray Schulte said the proposed cost for the project is $119,360.
The township received two grants to pay for the project, including a Community Development Block Grant of $78,890 and an Ohio Facilities Construction Commission grant of $31,000. Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Montville Township, and state Rep. Steve Hambley, R-Brunswick, helped land the grant.
The Hinckley Historical Society paid $7,000 for the architect, Kevin Robinette, of South Euclid.
Rob Henwood, Medina County’s planning services director, coordinated the efforts of combining the two grants. He will obtain bids for the project.
The historical society houses antiques, memorabilia, artifacts, a country kitchen and a one-room school house, among other things.
Once the renovations are completed, Gibson said the plan is to apply for Ohio Heritage status for the building.
“It’s not currently a historic structure,” he said.
The building is open two Sundays a month. So far, the plan is to continue with operations during construction. For more information, call (330) 278-2154.