An office building in Senecas home town of Seneca is being renovated for its next phase of development.
A project manager said Tuesday that the building is being designed by the Seneca Building Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that helps revitalize and preserve historic buildings and buildings in the city.
The Seneca building is an old industrial building that was home to a steel mill that used to be called the Senecans Steel Works.
It is located on the site of an old textile mill, which was built by a local businessman in the 1800s.
The Conservancy has received $6.8 million from the city to renovate the building, and $1.4 million from developer James W. Gresham, who is building the structure.
The building was originally designed by architect Frank Schuster, but was given a new name by his daughter, who wanted to have it dedicated to Seneca.
The conservancy has partnered with the city on a project that will be overseen by the city of Senecias Historic Preservation Office, which will design the building.
The project will be financed with $6 million from a $9.5 million state grant that the state received to help revitalize the Seneseca industrial district, said Lisa Lohmann, the conservancy’s project manager.
It will be completed in the next few years and be completed by the end of 2019.
The new building is expected to cost about $20 million.
The Conservancy is also working with a local firm to restore a section of the old Seneca Road that was damaged in a tornado in 2014.
The old road has since been paved and has been used as a pedestrian walkway, said Lohman.
The new road will have a dedicated path for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as the new Seneca Street Bridge.
The next step will be to install new windows on the existing building, said Gresheim.
The construction team is working with an architect and architectural firm to create a plan that will go before the Historic Preservation Commission to help determine the architectural style of the building that will serve as the foundation of the new building, Lohmans office said.
The office building is owned by the State Historical Society, which is partnering with the conservatory on the project.
The conservancy plans to turn the building into a state-of-the-art museum that will feature an exhibit of historic buildings from the Senex community.
The state is also offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.