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Medina Farmers Exchange named local landmark

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MEDINA — City Council designated Medina Farmers Exchange a local landmark Tuesday night, making it eligible for a grant that could pay for the completion of paperwork to get the building on the National Register of Historic Places.

The building’s owner is interested in doing a large-scale renovation and pursuing state and local historic tax credits in order to do so, said Greg Hannan, city planning and community development director.

The certified local government grant from the Ohio Historic Preservation Office would be about $10,000, Hannan said. It would allow for hiring an architect or preservation consultant, who would document and justify the historic value of the building, he said.

The Farmers Exchange, which sells farm, pet, home and garden supplies, operates on the first floor of the building.

Jim Duffy, the building’s owner, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

The building also has received recognition from Heritage Ohio, a statewide nonprofit preservation organization.

The group chose the Farmers Exchange as a “top preservation opportunity,” to promote the building as a site for redevelopment and attention.

According to a news release from the group, the Farmers Exchange has been located at the same South Court Street site since 1904, even though the former building burned down in 1915 and again in 1935 after it was rebuilt.

Many of the original metal-framed windows have been preserved, as well as metal structures from 1930s mill operations, the release said.

“Portions of the building have fallen into disrepair and are in need of attention,” the release said. “The owner is willing to work with developers and the community to rehabilitate the structure as needed in order to bring it up to code and local safety standards.”

Heritage Ohio plans to send a group of experts who will assess the building and suggest options for reuse.

Contact Kiera Manion-Fischer at 330-721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.



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