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Historic Huntington Building may be demolished in Seneca Falls

The southeast corner of Fall and Rumsey streets may never be the same again.

An Ohio convenience store chain, Circle K, is seeking approval to demolish the Huntington Building at 201 Fall St. and an existing gas station and convenience store at 193 Fall St. to make way for a new, 14-pump gas station and convenience store.

The town Historic Preservation Committee (HPC) will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Municipal Building, 130 Ovid St., to discuss and possibly vote on the application for a certificate of appropriateness for the demolition of the vacant, three-story brick structure built in 1870.

The first floor of the building had been occupied by Finger Lakes Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram. The dealership has moved into a new location on Route 414 in Tyre, leaving the Huntington Building vacant.

In May, the HPC denied the application from owner George Peter Koch and Circle K, based in Akron, Ohio, for a certificate of appropriateness for the demolition. The building is owned by Koch, who has agreed to sell the property to Circle K if the town approves the demolition and plans for the new gas station and convenience store.

Koch appealed the denial and his appeal will be heard Tuesday night. He bought the property from Liza Merriam and Carl Huntington in 1986 for $125,000. The building and property was leased to Finger Lakes Chrysler for three years after Koch sold the dealership to owner James Provenzano.

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