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Findlay businessman is transforming century-old buildings on South Main Street into
an urban oasis.
work has been going on for months, and at least one building is finished. While
the historic shell of the building looks the same, it now houses luxury loft apartments
with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, a video intercom and
building, originally owned by Ohio Bell, has stood on South Main for nearly 100
years. Jim Heck, owner of Heck Rentals and now the building, says rather than
tearing down the structure like several others that have been demolished on
North Main this year, he wants to preserve the city's history and modernize it.
just reinvented the building, basically," Heck said. "And that's my philosophy
on all of these downtown buildings. You have to reinvent and adapt to whatever
the current market is, and right now, the current market is strong residential."
says Marathon Petroleum and several other major businesses are bringing a lot
of new people to Findlay each month, and he expects the demand for apartments
to outgrow the supply in the near future.