Chillicothe Council heard a little more on the Carlisle proposal in another committee meeting chat with the proposed developer...as well as the facilitator.
Mike Chesler reprised his presentation from last week, with a few more details. But it was basically the same message heard by the city officials, preservationists, and a few members of the public: he loves the building, but this is pretty much the last chance to save it, and the city must be a part of it (and that's by request of Adena Health System)...or he's gone.
Also speaking was major downtown property owner Joe Molnar. He said his role in this effort began with a call from Adena Health System in October to help with the situation, and he had worked with Chesler in the past.
Molnar pointed out that if the city does not invest, they will probably have to pay sooner or later: the city can promise to spend about million to get a multimillion investment and more for the downtown...or eventually spend close to a million for demolition, and get just about nothing in return.
Chesler also pointed out that he is taking a big risk with this project...but he would also be spending $6.5 million locally to rescue what he sees as the second most important building downtown.
And with all his experience with these restoration developments, Chesler said it's rare to have the benefit of major tenants lined up already.
hear Joe Molnar explain his role in the Carlisle Building
You can learn more about his company, Chesler Group.
More on last week's chat: http://www.wbex.com/pages/newsarchive.html?feed=106759&article=10317394#ixzz23CZ6HBEJ
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils, and is a local preservationist...as well as news reporter.