Clewer said buying the building “made a lot of sense” because of the improvements the investors have witnessed downtown. He also was interested because of the building’s location.
“An attractive purchase” is how Clewer described the business decision.
In the last few years, bars, restaurants, hair salons, music shops, and specialty shops have opened downtown.
While Clewer isn’t sure how the South Main Street building will be repurposed, he said its use will be “more suited for the area” and “meaningful” for the continued redevelopment of downtown.
The three-story building features 30,000 square feet and once was called the US Hotel. Hope House opened in 1989 as an answer to the city’s growing homeless population and All About Cutz, a barbershop, opened a new years ago.
“Something needs to be done to bring it back to life,” Clewer said.
Since December 1987, the property has sold three times, according to the Butler County Auditor’s Office. That year it sold for $9,600, then for $39,000 in May 1989 and $115,000 on Sept. 25, according to county records.