One of the oldest buildings at the Lorain County Fairgrounds will soon be demolished.
The fair board has decided Building 50, which is where veterans and EMTs set up shop each August during the fair, will be torn down and rebuilt in the same location.
Board president Kim Meyers said he hopes to have the new building fully functional within a year. Designs are being finalized before the project is put out for bids.
Meyers said the fair board has been working on improving the fairgrounds for years and Building 50 just reached the top of the list.
“We’re excited to have a new building go up,” he said. “It’s easier to replace the building than trying to replace items.”
Meyers isn’t the only one excited about the new building.
Lorain County Veterans Service Commission director Terry Stone said he’s looking forward to getting a new building. Stone said he talked with the fair board about what he’d like to see in the building, but is just hopeful the leaky roof and drainage problems are addressed.
“I think whatever they do is going to be nice,” he said. “The fair board does an excellent job and is very receptive.”
Stone hopes to be able to bring more veterans groups in once the building is complete.
Gil Cole, adjutant for Wellington’s American Legion Post, is also excited about the new building and is hopeful it will be ready by the 2016 fair.
Cole recalled having to roll up his pant legs one year when heavy rains flooded the floor of the building. Light fixtures have also presented problems.
Meyers said some of the upgrades include windows, sinks, and air conditioning. The cost hasn’t been determined yet but the commission has donated about $400 dollars to the cause.
“We think it’s important to have a nice building for them,” Meyers said. “We appreciate the veterans being there and what they do for us.”
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Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise
Building 50 at the Lorain County Fairgrounds is the next on the fair board’s list to be demolished and upgraded.