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Have a basket of fun at new hotel opening in Newark

Have a basket of fun at new hotel opening in Newark

Regina Fox

We all know what “barrel of fun” means, but soon the Longaberger building in Newark will be giving life to a new term: “basket of fun.”

The famed “basket building,” formerly the office space for the handcrafted basket seller, will be transformed into a 150-room luxury hotel set to open in about two years, reports ABC6.

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Heritage Ohio board member Steve Coon purchased the Longaberger building in 2017 when the basket company went out of business. It has been vacant since 2016.

Coon Restoration and Ceres Enterprises have partnered up for the project, which has yet to be given a price tag. Coon told the 200-person crowd at Monday night’s Heritage Ohio Conference that he and his partners will be seeking state and federal tax breaks as well as grants, reports 10TV.

Developers intend to keep the history of the building intact during restoration.

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