After more than 11 years, and nearly 16 months of construction, downtown Chillicothe’s Carlisle Building will soon reopen. Adena Health System, the building’s new leaseholder, is planning a community celebration and official ribbon cutting. The event will be held Monday, Oct. 19 at Noon at the corner of Paint and Main Streets, and will feature local and state-level speakers who played a role in the project.
“While Adena will hold the lease and be caretaker of the Carlisle Building, this historic structure belongs to Chillicothe,” said Adena President and CEO Mark Shuter. “With The Chesler Group, and many community and state partners, we have been able to give the building new life, and it is now serving as a catalyst for new investment in our downtown. And as a community, we have a lot to celebrate.”
The 32,000 square-foot Carlisle Building is located in the center of downtown Chillicothe, and sat condemned after nearly being destroyed by arson in 2003. After years of community discussion, the building was ultimately saved, due to the perseverance of historic preservationists, and the vision of Adena’s leaders to utilize the building to house medical students and physician residents. The building now includes 32 student apartments and nearly 7,000 square feet of first-floor office space for the Adena Health Foundation, other community-facing personnel and a community room.
The building’s owner, Michael Chesler of The Chesler Group, began construction in the summer of 2014. “Retaining the historic aspect of the Carlisle Building is something that was important to me and everyone involved with this project,” said Chesler. “It is by far one of the most challenging projects that I have completed.”
The Carlisle Building was constructed in 1885, and housed a number of businesses through the years. Chesler and his team had to adhere to many historic requirements throughout the project, following the standard guidelines set by the Department of the Interior, while working closely with the Ohio State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service. .
The $8 million revitalization project was made possible due to support in the form of loans and grants from organizations including: Cortland Banks, JobsOhio, City of Chillicothe, Chillicothe Ross Community Foundation and the Ross County CIC.