North Main Street
A February 2019 fire marks the impending doom of the final structure on a two-block stretch of N. Main St. Once it comes down, the east side’s 100 & 200 blocks will be barren due to multiple fires, and flood mitigation. Aerial images comparing 1988 & 2018 illustrate the extent of recent changes to the area (the lone building in the 2018 image is 213-215).
Slide the blue icon to the right to see 1988, and to the left to see 2018:
A December 10, 1999 article in The Courier discussed the future of buildings the city wanted cleared for flood mitigation. Many dated back to the late 19th century. According to Findlay’s then-Development Services Director, Gary Ziegler, restoration was not a viable option. Ziegler explained that “All of the North Main Street buildings in question are on the National Register of Historic Places. However, they may no longer have historic value because their conditions have deteriorated so much.” He continued, “In fact, repairs meeting historic preservation and flood mitigation standards would be so expensive, the property owners might never recover their investment.”
Click on the addresses below to learn more about how they were impacted of floods and/or fires:
Floods & Fires of Downtown Findlay Part 2: South Main Street is coming soon.