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Bown-Corby historic paperwork submitted

Staff writer

It’s one down, two to go for Bown-Corby developer Tom George of Wichita.

George completed part one in the three-part process of registering with the National Register of Historic Places for the building, which he is looking to purchase and remodel into apartments.

George submitted the necessary paperwork to obtain the status, at which point the city’s sale of the building can close and construction can begin.

George said the building is qualified, and it’s likely “just formality” before the building becomes officially registered. Though there are no significant hurdles, George said it’s a six-month process, of which they’re in month two.

Marion Economic Development Director Terry Jones, who initially reached out to George about purchasing the building, said George wants to begin remodeling the building by March.

Jones added that George has asked for local contractors to use in the remodeling of the building. Jones said he didn’t know specifically who George had in mind, but it was the investor’s idea to “shop local.”

“It’s just something further showing he’s a really good guy who cares,” Jones said.

Last modified Oct. 23, 2014

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