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Demolition begins in Findlay for Marathon Petroleum expansion

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FINDLAY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

For longtime Findlay residents, the city's downtown looks very different this week. A building that has stood on South Main Street for nearly a century is being demolished to make room for Marathon Petroleum.

All that's left standing of the former Elks building now is a pile of rubble. It's one of two buildings going down as Marathon continues its expansion.

"It was crazy! It was all just a big pile of rubble," said Jacob Greilich, a Findlay resident.

Some residents, like Greilich, spent the day at work watching demolition crews from across the street and reminiscing.

"They'd have like parties there and what not, homecomings," said Greilich.

Demolition began Saturday on the former Elks Lodge. The building, along the with the former RCM Architects next door, were purchased by Marathon Petroleum. It's all a part of the company's $80 million expansion project.

Residents have mixed feelings seeing a part of their history disappear.

"It's going to be a big change for Findlay. There seems to be a lot of people upset that they're all disappearing," explained Greilich.

"We definitely will miss the great architecture and the beauty of looking at it for the past three and a half to four years that I've worked here," said Chelsea, who lives and works in Findlay.

Marathon plans to fill the site with a green space for employees to gather. It's a small part of the expansion, which includes two new offices and parking garages.

The old RCM Architects building will be torn down next year.

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