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Bedford restoration progresses

BEDFORD:Renovations on the historic Bedford Building, located at 231-237 S. Wabash St.,are expected to be complete by this time next year.

by the WPD STAFF

Restoration of the historic Bedford property has been underway for several weeks now, with Wabash Marketplace representatives hoping work is complete within the next 12 months.

Plans currently call for the commercial space on the first floor, while use of the second floor is undetermined at this time, Marketplace Executive Director Steve Downs told the Plain Dealer on Tuesday.

Downs expects commercial spaces to be ready for occupancy by the end of the year, while the rest of the project may take up to 12 moths.

When the restoration project was first announced, Marketplace President Lisa Gillamn said the Main Street group intends to relocate its offices to the Bedford building. The property is located on South Wabash Street across from City Hall.

A Zionsville-based real estate firm, Forza, is partnering with Marketplace for the restoration phase of the project, but Marketplace still owns the building.

Most of the work completed thus far has been limited to interior demolition, Downs said. He explained that contractors have also started cleaning the building’s limestone facade this week, and all windows have been removed for refurbishing.

The property has historic roots in Wabash, having been constructed in 1901. But after years of sitting vacant, the building deteriorated and was at risk for demolition. Wabash Marketplace acquired the property several years ago in an effort to prevent that outcome.