TIFFIN, Ohio (WNWO) — For just $25,000, the Carnegie Corporation funded a brand new building in Tiffin in 1912.
It would take shape as the Carnegie Library Building for the next 67 years, prior to the creation of the new home of the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library in 1975.
It then became the site for the Seneca County Juvenile and Probate Courthouse until October 23, 2018.
Now, it's time for the next chapter.
"With all the resurgence of things going on in Downtown Tiffin, the county seat for Seneca County, it's a great opportunity to have your business established here. So, I think the potential is strong that someone will make it a lively building again," said County Commissioner Holly Stacy.
The building is located at 108 Jefferson Street, and there are endless possibilities as to what it could become next.
On May 14th, at 10:30 A.M., RE/MAX Unlimited Results will be auctioning it off with no price reserve.
"There's no deed restrictions, there's no limitations on what you can do with the building, so the property will sell to the highest bidder and they can do with it what they like," declared RE/MAX's Bill Jones.
County Commissioner Holly Stacy says the building was costing around $16,000 to maintain while it was in operation.
The land and building together have been appraised by the Seneca County Auditor at just over $400,000.....16 times what it cost to build it 107 years ago.
"We're excited to see us get to this point for the cost savings to the county for having to maintain a building we don't have use for, and to see it re-purposed for something, again, to be a part of this resurgence in Downtown Tiffin."
After the sale in May, the money that is raised will go into the General Fund for the county. The county commissioners are unsure at this time what that money will be used for.