Former DuBois Express in Kent may see development in 2013

By Kyle McDonald | Staff Writer Published:

The East Main Street site of the former DuBois Express in Kent may begin its transformation in 2013.

J. Howard DuBois, owner of the property at 1005 E. Main St., said he'll likely make a decision on what to do with the vacant property within the next few months.

The building, constructed in 1949, was a funeral home for many years. It was built by Harold and Edna Tinker, owners of Tinker's Funeral Home, and sold to Wood-Kortright Funeral Home in 1979. In 2005, DuBois Bookstore Inc., bought the property for $500,000, and operated it as an annex of the former DuBois Book Store on South Lincoln Street before closing.

DuBois said the property was placed on the market with a listing agent for six months, which led to a few possibilities, but he ultimately decided to let the contract with the listing agent run its course before he decides what to do.

"There were several little possibilities, but nothing came of it," he said. "But then it seemed to be that if I decided to disentangle myself with the listing agent, I had to wait another six months to do anything on my own and that six months is up at the end of December."

DuBois said there are a few "loose ideas" for the property, but declined to elaborate.

"I thought, 'I'm in no hurry,'" he said. "I'll just wait to the end of the year and then I'll have to face reality and decide what I want to do."

In January, the DuBois began removing aluminum from the building to prep it for demolition, but after a warning from Kent's Building Department, he decided to hold off until a developer for the site could be found to take care of demolition.

DuBois said the location is excellent with its Main Street location and proximity to the Kent State University campus.

"If I was a little bit younger than my present age, which is 88, I would tackle something myself," he said.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1127 or kmcdonald@recordpub.com

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