No suitors for free historic building in way of round-about plans

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The city of Fort Wayne had offered up the North Side Bait & Tackle building at 2624 Sherman Blvd. at no cost to anyone who is ready and able to move the 93-year-old building away from its Five Points home where a round-about will be constructed.

The caveat: it had to be claimed by close of business Wednesday, and it had to be moved by May.

The opportunity was for naught, though, because no one came forward with interest in the building.

Originally built in 1926 as a filling station on the Lincoln Highway, the country’s first transcontinental highway, the Colonial Revival-styled building was meant to meld within the neighborhood at the time.

Most recently, the building housed North Side Bait & Tackle at what became Five Points – the intersections of Goshen Avenue, Sherman Boulevard and Lillian Avenue. It’s there that the city wants to install a round-about, with construction set to begin in May.

That now spells the end for the historic building. The city will pay to have it demolished in the coming weeks.

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