Gambier is Talking About...
An expanded trail. The Gambier Village Council will use $175,000 in state grant funds to create a mile-long addition to the Kokosing Gap Trail, giving bicyclists better access to the village center. The goal is to "draw people off the trail and into the downtown," Village Administrator Suzanne Hopkins told the Mount Vernon News.
New market owners. Roger Fannin and Bob Tier sold the Village Market to Jeffrey Newton '72, vice president for resource development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his partner, Robin Wheatley, director of administration and resource development of the Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research. Jeffrey's brother Tim will manage the store. The Newtons are Knox County natives and longtime family friends of Tier. Fannin and Tier owned the market for more than seventeen years. Kenyon owns the building.
More construction. Late this summer, as the new art history/gallery building continued to rise, Kenyon announced plans to begin construction on a new building for studio art. Both buildings are part of the $230-million "We Are Kenyon" campaign, but the trustees put the projects on hold in February 2009, responding to the economic downturn. The art history building is scheduled to open in the fall of 2011. Construction on the studio art building will start in February 2011.