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Jim Hammond and Randy Gifford have teamed up, with help from friends and family, to reopen an expanded Grinnell Mill Bed & Breakfast. The mill will also hold open house hours on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. (Photo by Lauren Heaton)






Jim Hammond, left, who recently bought the Barr property, is shown here with business partner Randy Gifford in 2011 behind the Grinnell Mill, which Hammond restored five years ago. (archive photo by Lauren Heaton)

Local residents buy Barr property

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Local residents Jim and Libby Hammond purchased the Barr property last week from Friends Care Community. Buckeye Community Hope Foundation had held an option to purchase the property with Home, Inc. but released the option when financing fell through for the senior apartments the organizations had planned to build together.

Jim Hammond said earlier this week that he and his family had not decided exactly what to do with the property, except that it would be something beneficial to the community. The couple plans to work most immediately on cleaning up the property and evaluating the condition of the historic Barr house. Hammond led the restoration project at the Grinnell Mill in 2003 and is still involved in its operation as a bed and breakfast and historic museum.

More on the story will appear in this week’s Yellow Springs News.



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