Longaberger to vacate basket-shaped building by week’s end


NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — The basket-shaped Ohio building used by employees of The Longaberger Co. for two decades will be vacant by week’s end as remaining staff move to another location, and officials still don’t know what will happen to the unusual structure.

The Newark Advocate reports (http://ohne.ws/29z9IWi ) Longaberger still owes $577,660 in property taxes for the 180,000-square foot structure in Newark. Officials say the company hasn’t paid taxes on the building since November 2014.

Licking County Treasurer Olivia Parkinson says interest and penalties will continue to mount whether or not the building is vacant. Parkinson says foreclosure has been on the table for some time, although county officials prefer to find a solution with Longaberger.

Longaberger officials say the move was made to consolidate employees at the company’s manufacturing campus in Muskingum County.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://www.newarkadvocate.com

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