The long vacant signature Harrison Department Store building at 100 E. Main St. at the corner of Main and S. Chestnut is getting a new lease on life. The Village of Barnesville’s purchase of the building from David Bohandy, executor of the estate of Homer Bohandy, was recorded in St. Clairsville on June 13. The purchase price for the building is $150,000, more than $35,000 less than the current assessed value.
The purchase of this building is the fifth downtown business district purchase by the village in the past year, part of a still evolving downtown economic development strategy.
The village government is no stranger in the downtown development scene. When WesBanco moved out of the former First National Bank/Bradfield Building to their new $3 million office at E. Main and S. Lincoln, the village and Ohio Hills Health Service (OHHS) partnered to transform the building into today’s health and medical facility. This development has spurred the location of other health related businesses including the Sonotone Hearing Aid Center in the old Walter Thomas store building at 115 E. Main and Main Street Counseling, at 152 E. Main, among others.
The former bank building came under full owner ship of OHHS on Jan. 29 when it was transferred from the village.
Next week, the Enterprise will profile the history of this building and location.