MOUNT VERNON — Residents walking in downtown Mount Vernon will have a bit of an obstacle to avoid soon. Central Ohio Technical College will be renovating its building on South Main Street this fall and winter, and met with city officials this week to discuss the closing of the sidewalk in the area.
Because of equipment needs, as well as security in the area, COTC officials asked about closing the sidewalks on South Main Street and East Ohio Avenue near the building during construction. Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis, City Engineer Cameron Keaton and Safety-Service Director Dave Glass met with Joel Daniels and other COTC officials to discuss the project and the possible closings. COTC will also have to close the alley behind the building for short periods of time as they work on a new entrance on the east side of the building.
“As the construction begins, people will need to go to the west side of Main to get past Ohio,” Mavis said. “We’re excited about the redevelopment of the building.”
Mavis also met with residents interested in the skate park at Memorial Park. The individuals asked about expanding the area to include some new ramps. The individuals will be figuring out ways to raise money to add another 40-by-100 feet to the skate park, Mavis said.