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Oregon landmark sold to two local men

Building likely to be a business location

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

OREGON – After being on the market for several years, a downtown Oregon landmark has been sold.

Two Oregon men, Mark Gale and Kevin Wiegmann, recently purchased the National Clothing House building on the northwest corner of Washington and Fourth streets from former U.S. Congressman Don Manzullo.

Gale said they plan to remodel the brick building.

“We’re going to fix it up as time allows, and eventually rent it out,” he said. 

The plan is to rent it as a business location.

He said they hope to restore the exterior to how it looked originally as much as possible.

Several different businesses have been located in the building over the years, the most recent being Verizon.

Gale declined to say how much he and Wiegmann paid for the building, but a banner displayed on the front of the structure recently set the price at $89,000.

He said he and Wiegmann have not yet decided what they will do with the upper story, which is in need of extensive repairs.

Oregon Mayor Tom Stone said he is pleased that Gale and Wiegmann, who have purchased and remodeled other properites, now own the building.

“I think it’s great,” he said. “This is good for the city. Small towns are struggling.”

Stone said this shows progress is being made in the city.

“It is encouraging,” he said. “They do a lot of good work.”

The mayor said the town has seen growth in businesses in the community, and having this building sold is another example.

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