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OVC begins move to new location

Ottawa Visitors Center Executive Director Curt Bedei carries on working Wednesday amid the boxed and stacks contents of his office at the carriage house on the Reddick Mansion grounds. Thursday the center will move to the nearby higher profile one-story building at the southeast corner of La Salle and Washington streets.
Ottawa Visitors Center Executive Director Curt Bedei carries on working Wednesday amid the boxed and stacks contents of his office at the carriage house on the Reddick Mansion grounds. Thursday the center will move to the nearby higher profile one-story building at the southeast corner of La Salle and Washington streets.

The Ottawa Visitors Center will move to its new location Thursday.

Long the tenant of the renovated carriage house on the Reddick Mansion grounds, on Thursday the center’s office furniture, records and supplies will be moved — by Stevenson Transfer, of Ottawa — to the nearby one-story building at the southeast corner of La Salle and Washington streets.

The new building was purchased last month by the city. Its location near the entry of downtown Ottawa, as well as the diagonal placement of the building, are considered ideal for improved visibility.

The building will allow somewhat more space inside for the display of brochures, and having the public parking immediately adjacent to the building also is a plus.

The building, which started out as a service station and most recently was used as The Hearing Aid Shoppe, required little more than some clean up to prepare it for its new use, said OVC Executive Director Curt Bedei.

Phone line transfers also will need to be accomplished, he said.

The move comes at a good time, both during a break in the freezing winter weather as well as a short lull in the center’s activities of promoting events, Bedei said.

The Reddick Mansion Association is not now seeking a new tenant, said RMA Board President Lorraine McCallister.

The carriage house will be used in the near future for temporary storage and as an office for the contractors who will be performing major renovation work on the mansion. Future possible uses for the carriage house are under study, McCallister said.

“We are very sorry to see the Ottawa Visitors Center leave the grounds,” McCallister said.  “We were very compatible because our goal also is to bring people to visit Ottawa.

"But we understand their need for a different kind of space," she said. "And we wish them well in their new location.”

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