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Building Getting New Facelift, Parking Lot
By CATHERINE STORTZ RIPLEY
August 26, 201

CAPTION: The Rafter C Online Aution Service building at 615 Washington Street is getting a new look with the hopes that a new tenant can move in. The auction service is relocating to a new facility along U.S. Highway 36 east of Chillicothe.


C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley

The Rafter C Online Auction Service building at 615 South Washington Street in Chillicothe is getting a new look with a new facade on the front. Lonnie and Earlene Sewell purchased the building about five years ago and have used the property for their online auction business. "It worked well for us for the online auction display area, but we outgrew it," Lonnie Sewell said. The Sewells are now in the process of building a new facility at the former site of the Catfish Place east of Chillicothe. The new location provides more space and greater visibility because it is located along U.S. Highway 36. The Sewells purchased the property about six months ago and plan to have the building enclosed before winter. Plans include constructing a loft apartment in the building that can be used for security.

The auction service's current facility was previously occupied by Orscheln Farm and Home. The Sewells are now making improvements to the building in hopes to find a new tenant. Sewell describes the interior of the 10,000 square-foot building as a "white box" until a new tenant is secured. The facility has a loading dock, three-phase power, and is set up in such a way as to accommodate either one or two tenants, Sewell said. Plans are to pour concrete for a new parking lot. Sewell said he is looking for a tenant, but hasn't been in direct contact with anyone at this time.

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