Kent, OH rail depot in jeopardy


Kent — A symbol of this city’s iconic industrial roots is in jeopardy.

A former railroad depot with ties to the city’s early beginnings may be torn down if a private investor doesn’t come forward to save it.

But whether the building on West Main Street adjacent to a Carter Lumber facility, with its chipped red siding, dingy white doors, broken windows and weathered foundation, can actually be saved remains unclear.

The depot, which originally served a railroad connecting lucrative, late 19th century coal mines in southern Ohio with Cleveland’s Lake Erie ports, has changed hands many times since it was built in 1881 by the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway…The building was last used by Kent Feed and Supply, which closed for business last year….

Carter Lumber Co. acquired the property in 2012…Carter Lumber used part of the parcel to expand its outdoor storage yard. Then, cognisant of the 133-year-old building’s heritage, the company offered the structure to the city….

The company isn’t planning to raze the building just yet, Price said, but likely will if no one else comes forward to preserve it. He added while there has been some interest from at least one individual, who he declined to name, it’s uncertain if anyone will commit to saving or relocating it.

PRICE SAID he expects to know more in June.

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