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Iconic Longaberger basket building vandalized

Newark residents say they were shocked after learning the Longaberger building was broken into earlier this week. (WSYX/WTTE)

The Longaberger basket building is a staple in the city of Newark and known all around for its unique structure.

Neighbors say they were shocked after learning that the building was broken into earlier this week. Police said someone busted out a window to get inside, but nothing was taken.

The incident is a reminder to neighbors that the building is still empty after more than a year of being vacant.

"I did hear them talk about selling it and then I heard they were going to tear it down and then I heard they were going to sell it again and then I saw the picture on Facebook ," said Glenn Poirier, who lives in the area.

A fake picture is going around on Facebook. The picture shows the basket building being torn down.

"We saw a picture on Facebook of the Longaberger basket being torn down and we came out to see if it was real or not. Apparently it's not, thank God," said Sarah Dysart, who lives in the area.

It seems like the building won't be getting torn down anytime soon. There are a lot of questions about what will become of the iconic building and concerns about it's appearance.

"You could tell that the property has not been kept up as much as it had been when it was in full swing," said Dysart.

The owner of an investment company based out of Texas says he has his eye on the building.

Doug Starnes said he thinks the building is beautiful and would like to buy it but he says he has concerns. Starnes said the building hasn't been maintained, he said there are a lot of overgrown trees. He added there are a lot of tax liens on the property, but he is hoping everything works out.

Starnes did not comment on what he would like to turn the building into, but he said Europe would likely be involved and it would be beneficial to the city of Newark.



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