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City to sell vacant High Street building

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WADSWORTH: The city has a contract to sell a vacant city-owned building on High Street.

Bob Thurber said he will pay $50,000 for the building.

The 12,000-square-foot, three-story building, has been used for many purposes in its 80-year history. The last was as a home to the Wadsworth Center for Older Adults, which moved to 617 School Drive. The nutrition center in the lower level also moved out.

Thurber, who owns a number of buildings, said he likes to "invest in downtown buildings."

Plans call for the building to be demolished to allow for a drive-thru for Ritzman's Pharmacy, which is in the building immediately south of 138 High St., a building that Thurber also owns.

In addition to the drive-thru, Thurber plans to have a parking lot constructed on the site.

The city had two rounds of bidding for the vacant building. All the bids of the first round were rejected by city officials. Thurber entered a bid for the second round and was awarded the contract.

Thurber said downtown Wadsworth needs more retail shops and restaurants and more visible parking will hopefully help to draw more businesses into the downtown area.


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