The Marion County Commission had announced plans and solicited bids to demolish the Jail in order to build a new storage and parking facility. Local citizens led by the Fairmont Historic Landmark Commission opposed the demolition, arguing the building's historic significance and urging that it be rehabilitated to be functional for the county. Their efforts have been successful for the moment, as the county commissioners voted in November to hold off on demolition plans, in part because the cost of demolition and building new was estimated to cost $1 million dollars more than would restoration. An adaptive reuse feasibility study is planned for the structure, supported in part by Vandalia Heritage Foundation and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Endangered Properties List
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