July 23, 2016

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Medina councilman wants to save old barn

MEDINA — City Councilman Bill Lamb, at-large, hates to see old buildings torn down — not if he thinks they have historical value.

Lamb is trying to save an unused wooden barn on the border of city-owned property at 406 S. Broadway St., where the newly extended Champion Creek trail meets the street.

Medina Councilman Bill Lamb hopes to preserve an abandoned barn on city property. The barn is near the Champion Creek trailhead, on property at 406 S. Broadway St. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

“This is a prime example of our agricultural history,” Lamb said.

Greg Hannan, Medina planning and community development director, has proposed demolishing the barn using state grant funds set aside for the bicycle and pedestrian trail.

The 2½-story barn is built into the bank of a hill, with room for animals on the first level and storage for hay and other items above.

Lamb said the design is the only example of a “bank barn” within the city’s limits. He estimated that the structure is at least 100 years old.

The barn is in disrepair.

Council’s Finance Committee, which includes all Council members, agreed Monday to build a 12-space parking lot at the trailhead.

The committee also agreed to dismantle the barn instead of demolishing it.

Council President John Coyne said the city would “save what can be saved” from the barn.

Lamb said he would like to see the barn rebuilt and used for educational purposes.

Ward 2 Councilman Dennie Simpson said he liked the idea of rebuilding the barn.

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“I think your idea is wonderful,” he said. “My only concern is funding it.”

Lamb suggested private funds could be raised to cover the cost of rebuilding the barn.

“We could have an old-fashioned barn-raising,” he said.

City Law Director Greg Huber questioned the value of restoring the barn.

“There are bank barns all over Medina County,” he said.

The city also owns a house at the trailhead, but officials have not decided how it will be used.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.