ASHVILLE - The former Ashville Training Center will soon become the site of Jim Wroda’s auctions.
North Harmony Town Supervisor Sally Carlson said Wroda, of Greenville, Ohio, has purchased the site the fire department previously planned to use as a bingo hall. Fire department officials decided to sell the building instead, and Wroda purchased it and got a variance to hold about 21 auctions annually, she said.
“It’s a real shot in the arm for Ashville,” said Mrs. Carlson, who said those who come to the auctions often need accommodations that area businesses can provide.
Mrs. Carlson said Wroda plans to renovate the building to accommodate his needs prior to beginning the auctions. The building is also expected to continue to be rented for other functions.
Wroda confirmed antique auctions so far planned have been set for Dec. 18, Jan. 8, Feb. 19 - when Fenton glass will be featured, March 19 for Carnival glass, April 9 for antiques and May 14 for an antique auction. Wroda said antique sellers from across the country, and as far away as Wisconsin, Arizona and Ohio, come to the auctions to sell wares. He said about 150 people usually visit the auctions, also coming from around the country. He said the auction is computerized and offers live Internet bidding.
He said “location” was the main draw of having auctions at the facility. Wroda said there are cities around Ashville from where people can come. Easy access to the facility and lodging capabilities nearby also led him to choose it for the company’s second facility.
The hall will remain the home for Boy Scout Troop 141, he said, adding people will also still be able to rent it out for banquets or weddings, which was part of the deal that was struck with town officials.
The former Ashville Training Center will be an auction house, holding its first event on December 18.