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"Downtown" Powell the old and the new..

by Maureen McCabe on September 23, 2007

excavation in PowellDriving through the “four corners” in Powell this week something is definitely missing.

The building on the northeast corner of the intersection of Powell Rd and Liberty Rd is gone.  It had been an antique store for many years.  Long ago it had been a hardware store.   

In “Historic ‘four corners’ building demolished”  in This Week News Powell says of the demolition of the 117 year old building:

“Powell now owns a 10-by-60 foot strip of right of way at the northeast corner of the intersection, preserving room for possible turn lanes.

City council earlier this year entered into a contract with developer Matt Stavroff, paying him $130,000 for the right of way, in case future city councils decided to add up to four turn lanes.

When the debris is cleared away, not only will Powell have room at the intersection, Stavroff will have a clean slate to start construction on a new, 5,163-square-foot commercial building.”

Powell is becoming a mixture of the old and the new designed to look old.  There is new office and retail on the east side of S. Liberty Rd. 

Down the street at 77 S. Liberty Rd. an old school is an office building.  Old houses in Powell are shops and offices. 

Many of the shops use their front porches and small front lawns as space to display their wares if the Central Ohio weather cooperates.

If you look up high on the facade of the building on the southwest corner, it says I.O.O.F. which I think stands for ‘International Order of Odd Fellows’?  A lodge or fraternal organization?

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