Violet Township receives Land Bank cash to help with renovation of Wigwam outbuilding

Melissa Wilde, Violet Township trustee, and Michael Kaper, executive director of Fairfield County Land Bank, stand in the outbuilding at the Wigwam campus that recently was renovated by the township with the help of a grant from the Fairfield County Land Bank. Wilde also is on the board of directors for the nonprofit corporation.

Whilst Violet Township officials haven’t been ready to maximize use of the Wigwam due to the fact of the pandemic, economical assistance recently allowed for renovation to an outbuilding on the campus.

Violet Township in July 2018 finalized the close to $2.7 million acquire of the Wigwam– a 63-acre historic retreat that homes 26 properties, a 500-seat banquet corridor and a 303-seat theater – and officials planned for the campus to provide as more than the township’s administrative headquarters.

They billed the campus as an function heart and local community collecting put.

Fewer than a year following transferring the township’s administrative offices to the Wigwam in May possibly 2019, having said that, the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic significantly hampered the public-use options.

When the township has not been equipped to fully utilize the banquet hall for function rentals or allow the Pickerington Group Theatre to use the theater for its productions, renovations to a 900-sq.-foot outbuilding commenced in July and have been completed at the finish of January.

The $54,970 job will build a new meeting location. 

The project’s expenditures have been offset by a $15,000 grant from the Fairfield County Land Reutilization Corp. – or Fairfield County Land Financial institution – which every single year uses 5% of Fairfield County’s collections of delinquent true residence, individual property and produced and mobile-property taxes and assessments to guide regional governments and nonprofit corporations in the county.