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The Chesler Group begins construction on the Carlisle Building

Residents and visitors in Chillicothe, Ohio, may have noticed changes downtown over the past week. The Chesler Group. Inc, has begun erecting scaffolding along the historic Carlisle Building, the start of a $8 million preservation and rehabilitation project. This prominent Chillicothe landmark was condemned after a 2003 fire. The Chesler Group will restore the building to preserve Chillicothe’s history, provide new residential and office space, and support the rejuvenation of downtown Chillicothe.

The Carlisle was built in 1885, a Romanesque Victorian with four stories of office and retail space and a distinctive round tower overlooking the corner of Main and Paint Streets. The Chesler Group will renovate the Carlisle into space for the Adena Health System, the major provider of health care in south-central Ohio. The first floor will house Adena offices, and the upper three floors will be converted into 32 residential units for graduate residents and medical students. These new residents will support the many local retail businesses just steps away from the Carlisle along Paint Street and Main Street.

The Carlisle Building is an important component of the historic Chillicothe Business District, and The Chesler Group will use Federal and State historic preservation tax credits as well as a JobsOhio grant and subsidised loan to finance the project. These incentives place exacting standards on the quality of the renovation, and guarantee that The Chesler Group will preserve and restore all of the historic interior and exterior features which make the Carlisle such a distinctive building.

The Carlisle Building is expected to be ready for occupancy in fall 2015.