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County eyes downtown Bank One building

County eyes downtown Bank One building
County eyes downtown Bank One building
The Bank One building in Corydon has seen several changes in ownership, and may see more. (Photo by Randy West)

Harrison County is negotiating the purchase of the Bank One building on North Capitol Avenue to add to and consolidate the government complex in downtown Corydon, the county seat.
That possibility came to light at the Harrison County Board of Commissioners’ meeting Monday, after the board was approached by Harrison County Lifelong Learning to purchase the vacated Country Folks Buffet building off “Restaurant Row” in north Corydon.
Lifelong Learning director Tom Powers said the former restaurant could be purchased for about $560,000 and renovated for use by the learning center, the Harrison County Extension Service and River Valley Resources, the latter of which would pay rent. Powers said the purchase price is good for 30 days. The building is owned by Community First Bank.
The commissioners said although the offer appears attractive, because it would give Lifelong Learning classrooms and other necessary space as well as relieving the extension service of its crowded office space in the annex, they are currently overwhelmed with requests.
The hospital is proposing new buildings, plans for an animal control center are still pending, and the need continues to worsen for increased office space in the downtown courthouse. The courthouse needs renovating and upgrading, and there is still a need to vacate the annex and relocate its offices out of the flood plain.
All of those plans are being considered, at the same time the commissioners are working on a long-range master plan for the county. If the purchase goes through, the plans will be revised to include space in that building.
The Bank One building is also attractive because it is adjacent to the vacant jail, which may become storage for the county’s many historic documents and other items which, by law, cannot be discarded.
Bank One has indicated it would not be ready to vacate its building in Corydon before September, said Harrison County attorney David Layson, who has sent a purchase agreement to Bank One. The price wasn’t disclosed.
Currently, Lifelong Learning is renting space in the same building occupied by River Valley Resources in Harrison County Industrial Park.