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The E-Sylum:  Volume 2, Number 11, March 15, 1999, Article 5

MAX MEHL BUILDING COINS NEW LIFE   

    Under the category of "Things Found While Looking Up  
    Something Else", I discovered an article in the December  
    28, 1998 issue of  the Business Press of Fort Worth about  
    the fate of the Mehl Building,  former home of the B. Max  
    Mehl coin company.   

      "The 82-year-old building has been vacant since the early  
      80s when low-rent apartments filled its borders instead of  
      vaults and rare coins. But in its heyday, Mehl's office  
      occupied the first floor, and he rented apartments on the  
      second and third floors.   

      Iran McCarthy and Ray Boothe of Daedalus Development  
      formed the Max Mehl Building LLC with Michael Harrison  
      and building owner David Motheral to sink a hefty load of  
      redevelopment dollars into the dilapidating building.  
      McCarthy estimates the entire renovation project may reach  
      $1.5 million.   

      The three-story, 15,000-square-foot building needs extensive  
      work, but the ever optimistic renovation specialists of  
      Daedalus said the building is in 'good shape.'   

      The Max Mehl Building is on the city's historical highly  
      significant endangered list. The group plans to apply for  
      more historical designations in order to receive a 20 percent  
      tax credit, which will help offset some of the renovation  
      costs. It is located in the city's  Fairmount Historical District.  

      'It's the most asked-about building on the street,' Boothe  
       said.   

      Many historical aspects remain in the building, making it  
      easier for Daedalus to recreate some of the building's  
      original features."  

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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