7News has an exclusive look at some Belmont County buildings that have historical significance.
There are two buildings that sit empty in Belmont County and right now they are owned by the County but are for sale.
The first looks like a gracious Victorian home, but it’s the former Sanitary Sewer office.
“We had it evaluated by an architect and engineer. It really has ended its useful life without a substantial amount of investment put into that building,” said Belmont County Commission President, J.P. Dutton.
Former county employee, Kurt Turner said, “There’s a lot of good woodwork in there that they could probably tear out, use it in another building, sell it or whatever.”
Next door is the old County Home, later called the courthouse annex. Huge, brick, gothic and stately; a Belmont County landmark, and it’s been empty for years. There was some hope for it, but that didn’t pan out.
“We had at least one point of interest over the past 12 months or so, a company that takes a look at properties like that as part of rehabilitation. They didn’t see a worthwhile project there, unfortunately,” said Dutton.
Then there’s Oak View. It was the Oak View Nursing Home. It housed Senior Services until last year and now it houses only papers.
“We do have our county records in there currently. It probably isn’t the ideal space for that,” said Dutton.
The “youngest” of the group is the former Habilitation Center, only 40 years old. Not architecturally significant. It’s just empty and with no prospects.
“It was probably a mistake way back. I can remember when they built it, very familiar with it. It’s, it’s probably another one that needs to be torn down,” Turner said.
County commissioners realize some of these buildings could attract vagrants, vermin or both. They also realize that demolition is tremendously expensive.
Dutton said, “You’re looking at hundreds of thousands of dollars. And where is that on your list of priorities as a local government?”
They have some good points.
“There’s something in each of them that could probably be used.”
Anyone with an interest in these properties can contact the Belmont County Commission at (740) 695-2121, extension 1006.