WELLSTON, Ohio (WSAZ) – For nearly all of Charlie Hudson’s life, the previous Fraternal Order of Eagles constructing has had a spot in Wellston.
“I bear in mind coming to this constructing,” Hudson mentioned. “Once I was 9 years previous, my mother took me upstairs to play bingo.”
Now all grown-up and the mayor of his hometown, he discovered a method to make use of a life-long landmark to make a distinction.
“I had a imaginative and prescient that we might flip this into some actually cool residences upstairs and put a enterprise down right here on the primary flooring,” Hudson mentioned.
In order that’s what he’s doing. Investing greater than $1M of his personal cash to make his imaginative and prescient a actuality, bringing housing, enterprise and jobs to an virtually forgotten part of city.
The highest two flooring of the almost century-old constructing can be one and two bed room residences, with the bottom flooring getting used for what Hudson hopes to be both workplace area or an academic preschool.
He hopes that is just the start.
“This is not going to make sense if it simply turns into an condo constructing and nothing else occurs,” Hudson mentioned. This solely is smart if folks see that I’ve executed it and that they will do it too. I hope that after folks see it, they’ll say ‘hey there’s one thing right here, there’s markets in these small cities that you could make investments.’”
Hudson says he believes the residences can be able to lease by Fall 2021.
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