City eyes sale of Salvation Army gym

Members of Tiffin City Council discussed the sale of the old Salvation Army gymnasium at a public hearing for the 2013 Community Development Block Grant program application Monday afternoon.

Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. Director of Development Karen Bowers said the application is approved for demolition of The Salvation Army building.

She said alternatives to demolition must be investigated due to the building’s location in the downtown historic district.

Dave Kreais, owner of Antique Warehouse, said he was interested in buying a section of land behind his business to use as a parking lot and loading dock instead of using the alley.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said another business owner is interested in buying the old gymnasium. The building had been used as a truck bay by American Electrical Power and would require facade work, he said.

Montz said the city would only be interested in selling part of the land if the other business owner agreed to purchase the bays. If the business owner is not interested, he said he would not want to split up the property because the city could use the property.

Kreais said if the building is demolished and the city will not sell him the land, he would have to raise his doors to the alley so his business does not flood.