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One building razed, one sold



Published: Wed, November 1, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



The demolition site will be marketed to developers, the WRAP director said.

By AMANDA GARRETT

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

WARREN -- The Warren Redevelopment and Planning Corporation is continuing its revitalization efforts in the downtown business district by selling one property and demolishing another.

Workers began demolition Tuesday on a building at 279 E. Market St. WRAP had bought for $30,000 on Monday.

The structure, across from the Gibson Building, was partially destroyed by fire and has been both an eyesore and a safety issue in the downtown, WRAP Director Anthony Iannucci Jr. said.

"We didn't want to own the building in its current state, so we planned to demolish it as soon as we bought it," he said.

The structure was a small commercial building that used to house storefront offices before the fire about two years ago, Iannucci said.

After the building is demolished, WRAP would like to buy additional property around the site and market it to developers, Iannucci said.

Building sold

WRAP also recently sold the former site of the GE Appliance Store at 323 E. Market St. to Trumbull County Mobile Meals Inc. for $115,000.

WRAP bought he building in 1998, and after extensive interior and exterior improvements was able to sell the building to be Mobile Meals' new headquarters Oct. 4.

The offices of Mobile Meals were located in the Park-Porter building on the corner of Park Avenue and Porter Street Northeast, but the organization had to relocate after the sale of that building to Trumbull County.

WRAP's ability to help find a new home for Mobile Meals enables the organization to keep its operations -- and the accompanying jobs -- in the downtown as well as allowing them the needed space to prepare meals on site for distribution throughout the county, Iannucci said.

Iannucci said that he's happy to see some of WRAP's many projects coming to fruition.

"WRAP is pleased that its efforts as a nonprofit in cooperation with the city are showing favorable economic development results with additional activity and job creation," he said.

agarrett@vindy.com




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