The village of Roscommon has been awarded $60 thousand in grant funding to clean up a property that had housed a pharmacy.
The building was bordered on two sides by gas stations. State officials say the gas stations likely caused the ground pollution.
Village manager Ron Alden said because of the property’s unique location, near the I-75 exit, he expects people will be interested in developing on it.
“Little things like this don’t always happen in these small towns, so this is quite exciting when you can take a building built in the early 1900s and bring it back to life,” Alden said. “It helps to preserve our history a bit but the functionality of all of the buildings within that unique location would be very nice for the community.”
Alden said the building has been vacant for 16 years.
“We’re hoping just to see people walking in and out of there and getting some type of business in there whether it’s a retail business, or a restaurant or lodging just something to get the beautiful building back to functioning again,” Alden said.
Alden said the goal is to have a buyer by the end of this year. The village has two years to find a buyer.