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Village to own historic bank

September 7, 2012
By GARRETT NEESE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

LAKE LINDEN - One of Lake Linden's most historic buildings has a new owner.

Range Bank has transferred its Lake Linden building to the Village of Lake Linden.

Village President Ed Fisher said the village is investigating ideas for the building, as well as doing architectural studies and planning. Because of limited resources, he said, the village will be looking into ways of getting funds for the changes. The village is working with Ray Gerhart of Northern Consultants of Calumet on the architectural options and funding.

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The former Range Bank building is seen in Lake Linden Thursday. Range Bank is transferring ownership of the building to the Village of Lake Linden, which plans to use it for village space and rentals on the second floor, with an emphasis on small businesses.

Fisher said the historic nature of the building was also appealing. The village was designated as a National Historic District in 2009.

"We have a need for some extra space, and also I'd like to find ways of enhancing the historical features of the village," Fisher said. "We've got some very nice buildings. We don't have a place currently where people coming into the village can go and see something about our history and have questions answered."

Fisher said the second floor of the building, which is unused, might be able to be rented out to businesses. Though vacant for the past couple of decades, it once housed an apartment and a doctor's office.

"It's really an ideal location for an apartment and a couple of offices for a professional small company," he said. "Some of the amenities that would be available on the first floor like a small boardroom or something like that could be shared with a small business."

Fisher said he expects something to go in the building some time next year.

Built in 1888, the two-story brick building has a facade of Jacobsville sandstone. The first floor has always been used as a bank, initially as the First National Bank and most recently as Range Bank, which purchased the building in 2000. Range recently moved to a site on M-26 and Calumet Street, which, unlike the old site, allows for drive-through windows and an ATM.

The village will hold a formal ceremony for the transfer at its council meeting Thursday.



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