Avon Officials Make Difficult Decision to Tear Down Buck Hardware Building: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville

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AVON, Ohio

It was a sad day Friday (October 14) as passers-by watched the iconic building at 37079 Detroit Road – which once housed Buck Hardware & Supply – turn to rubble.

Everything happened so fast.

The city posted on its Facebook page at 10:26 a.m. Friday that the building near the Stoney Ridge Road intersection was collapsing that day. In a few hours it was gone.

The hardware store has been closed since the beginning of the year and the city purchased the building in July. According to information posted on the Lorain County Auditor’s website, the market value of the land is $49,950. The value of the building is listed at $83,180. No sale price is indicated.

The city’s Facebook post reads: ‘The Buck’s Hardware building is being demolished today. Since taking possession of the building, the City of Avon has asked many people to visit the building to see if it can be restored.

“However, because it was in such a state of disrepair, our building department deemed it unsalvageable. Our historical society, the city council, as well as many others, all came to the same The City Council felt that for everyone’s safety and well-being, the building should be dismantled as soon as possible.

“At the moment, we have no plans to build another building in this location. Most likely, we will use this area for parking. We did everything we could to try to save the building, but in the end, the safest decision was to tear it down.”

According to information from the publication Guide to the North Ridge Scenic Byway, the iconic building was an example of an Italian-style commercial building. It was erected in 1879 and was operated for many years as the Weiler department store by Joseph J. Weiler and his wife.

A vintage advertisement stated that the store sold hardware, farm tools, glass, paint, kitchen appliances, dishes, groceries, meat, clothing, shoes, jewelry, books and religious items, among other items.

In 1948 the building became the headquarters of Buck Hardware & Supply Company. At one time part of the second floor was used as classrooms – the blackboards were still in place.

The building had been listed on the Ohio Inventory of Historic Structures.

Kudos to my friend and Avon resident Katie Hecei for taking the posted photo of the demolition on Friday.

AVON

Trunk-Or-Treat: Families are invited to participate in a Fall Trunk-or-Treat Festival from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 23 at Avon United Methodist Church, 37711 Detroit Road. The event includes treats, dinner, crafts and a pumpkin decorating contest (bring your decorated pumpkin for judging; all ages are welcome).

Family fun: The West Shore Nation is a group dedicated to fostering relationships between fathers and their sons and daughters in a friendly and fun environment. Activities require the participation of father and child, with opportunities to share experiences, learn and grow together.

The group is open to dads living in Avon, Avon Lake, Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, North Ridgeville, Olmsted Falls, Rocky River and Westlake.

The Nation hosts events throughout the school year, including camping, bowling, skating, a derby in the pine forest, a year-end party, sledding and more. Camps are held at YMCA camps with heated cabins and include horseback riding, archery, crafts, rock faces, canoeing, hiking, ziplining, and a Saturday night bonfire .

For more information, visit midi.com or email [email protected] to register for a future event and learn more.

Youth struggle: Registration is now open for Avon Youth Wrestling for K-6 students. There are 20 different weight categories for children.

The season starts on November 2 (training takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays from November to February). Cost is $150 ($130 for each additional sibling) and includes instruction, American wrestling membership, t-shirt and shorts, entry to Buckeye wrestling league competition and a swimsuit.

All practices are held in the Avon High School Wrestling Hall.

If you have an interest but aren’t quite sure, the Avon Youth Wrestling Club is hosting a wrestling party/clinic at 6 p.m. on October 26 at the Avon High School Wrestling Hall, 37545 Detroit Road . It’s a free opportunity to learn some basics of wrestling and to meet the young trainers. To register, go to tinyurl.com/3w2pev5h.

To yell: Thank you, Avon Girl Scout Troop 50451 for donating/installing a blessing box at the Avon Senior Center, 36784 Detroit Road. This is the second square in town (another is behind the fire station, 36185 Detroit Road).

Blessing boxes provide non-perishable food items to people in need.

LAKE AVON

Dog park meeting: The public is invited to attend a dog park meeting to discuss upgrades, rules, equipment and other items at 7 p.m. on October 26 at the Old Firehouse Community Center, 100 Avon Belden Rd.

The city’s dog park is located at 33401 Webber Road, by Weiss Park.

Gingerbread contest: The Avon Lake Public Library is holding a gingerbread house contest, with entries on display in the library between November 19 and December 15.

Winners in each category will receive bragging rights, a ribbon and a $50 Target gift card. Gingerbread house categories include kids, teens, adults, and groups.

To register to enter the contest and for contest rules, category details and other information, go to alpl.org/gingerbread.

Departure of the financial director: City Council recently voted to accept the resignation of Steve Presley, the city’s chief financial officer, effective Oct. 11.

Council members also voted to hire him on a part-time basis until the end of the year as the mayor works on a new nomination for the position. Presley will work to close final financial statements by Dec. 31 as the city prepares for audit season next year.

Presley has been with the city for eight years. The CFO position is now posted on the City’s website, avonlake.org.

Garden Club Program: Jane Bodnar – former district chair, member of the Beachcliff Garden Club, certified flower show judge and member of the Cleveland Flower Arrangers Guild – will demonstrate traditional and abstract floral arrangements at an Avon on the Lake Garden event Club at 1 p.m. November 3 at the Avon Lake Public Library at 1 p.m.

To register, go to alpl.org.

RIDGEVILLE NORTH

Veterans Day Cards: Stop by the North Ridgeville Library, 35700 Bainbridge Road, during regular hours this month to create a Thank You Card for Veterans. Library officials will be collecting the cards throughout November and delivering them to the VFW in North Ridgeville.

Spaghetti dinner: VFW Post 9871 is sponsoring the North Ridgeville Senior Center Spaghetti Dinner from 5-7 p.m. October 28 at the Senior Center, 7327 Avon Belden Road.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children 10 and under.

Dinner includes spaghetti and meatballs, side salad and bread. Pop and dessert are available for $1 each. Take-out meals are also available. Produces benefit programs at the center for the elderly.

LORAIN COUNTY

Business Fair: The Lorain County Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Eighth Annual Trade Show from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Tom’s Country Place, 3442 Stoney Ridge Road in Avon.

The expo offers exhibitors and attendees the opportunity to network, collaborate and promote Lorain County businesses. More than 110 exhibitors are expected.

For more information, visit lorraincountychamber.com/business-expo.

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