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Ahern’s building cleared for development

10/4/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Photo: Kathleen Folkerth
FAIRLAWN — Crews worked to tear down the former Ahern’s Florist building starting Sept. 26. Fairlawn officials said the building, pictured standing below right at the corner of Trunko Road and West Market Street, was the oldest commercial building in the city. It was built in 1925 and over the years housed several businesses, such as Flowerland in the 1930s and ’40s. It later was the site of Garver’s Pancake House from about 1959 to the mid-1970s. Ahern’s opened for business there in the late 1970s, according to Fairlawn officials, and that’s when the greenhouse in back was added. The building has been vacant for a few years.

The site was razed, shown above, for the coming of a Giant Eagle GetGo gas station and convenience store. Trunko Road at the intersection had been closed for several weeks as work to widen it to add a turn lane was completed. The road reopened in September.

— By Kathleen Folkerth

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