A rundown industrial building on Fulton’s west side is on its way back to life after city lawmakers approved a zone change this week.
The former auto body shop at 55 W. 1st St., Fulton, was bought in May by Todd Swartwood and Cindy Nicholson of Pennsylvania, according to county property tax records. Five years earlier, the prior owner bought it from the city of Fulton, which had taken over the property.
The land and building are assessed at $15,000. The property sold for $42,500, according to the tax records.
Common Council members changed the zoning on the building from M-1 to C-1. M-1 is a manufacturing designation, while C-1 puts the building into a commercial designation.
Mayor Ronald Woodward said the owners plan to operate a woodworking shop and a bakery in the building, and plan to live there.
“Neighbors are fine with (the zone change)”, said Council member Alan Emrich, who represents that part of town. “They’re very happy to see someone come into it and keep it up.”