The village council bought the nearly 100-year-old structure to use for its municipal offices and for the site of a future senior center.
MAYBEE — The Village of Maybee has purchased a nearly 100-year-old building downtown to become the new home of village offices and a possible senior citizen center.
Last month, the village council bought the 3,500-square-foot building off Raisin St. just south of the current village office for $25,000 from the Oerther family. The council approved the deal unanimously.
“They couldn’t believe I got it,” village President Len Gaylor said last week.
The building, constructed in 1921, formerly housed an auto dealership with as many as 100 cars for sale.
“Nobody can remember if it was a Packard or what” sales lot, he said.
The existing two-story hall was built in 1912 and is distinguished by a cupola on its roof.
Mr. Gaylor and Bob VanAucker are in the process of renovating the building for use as office space. Mr. VanAucker, 66, is a retired Ford Motor Co. worker and a member of the planning commission. The two men are making good progress on the upgrade.
“We’re remodeling one section at a time,” Mr. Gaylor, 76, said. “We wanted (portions of) it to look nice for Maybee Day (May 20). We gutted it and changed the doors … I’m doing most of the work and Bob is helping me.”
There is enough room in the building to house offices for the president, clerk and treasurer; a large meeting room, and enough room in the back to store all of the village equipment, including a truck, he said.
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