Heibel-March building may be renovated

Dec 4, 2012

The historic Heibel-March building may finally be getting a face lift.

Credit KBIA

The Heibel March building located at 902 Rangeline is a historic property. The building was a drug store in the early 1900’s and then a corner grocery store and auto parts store. In 1998 the city bought the building and in 2005 it was named a historic property. Rachel Bacon staff liaison for the Historic Preservation Commission said the building is going to need quite a bit of work just to bring it up to modern safety code standards.

“Currently, the building is not in great shape. For instance the utilities such as the electric and gas have been shut off, the roof is in rough shape and also there is a tree growing in the building itself. So if you drive by on Rangeline you can see the tree through the front windows,” Bacon says.

The Historic Preservation Commission and Parks and Recreation commission submitted a recommendation to the city for Grove Construction LLC to get the building. Bacon said the building housed local businesses that have been very important to the north central Columbia neighborhood.

"The proposals that the city put out to anybody interested in taking the property did specify that rehabilitation work did need to consider the historic nature of the building," Bacon says.

Historic restoration means whoever takes on the project will have to consider the buildings materials and previous use to preserve its historic significance