Schleiff hopes that the circa-1960s motel can be demolished by the end of winter so that construction can begin on the shelters for the farmers market.
"It's going to take $150,000 to $200,000 to make it disappear," Schleiff said the motel.
The log inn is actually made up of three separate early-19th-century log cabins that were moved to the site at different times and placed on old stone foundations. The main floor has more than 4,000 square feet and will contain the restaurant.
Seven skylights will be installed in the roof to add natural light; French doors will lead from the dining room onto a deck overlooking the future market. A chef has already been tapped to oversee a menu highlighting locally grown produce and meat.
On one end of the long room is a newly re-chinked stone fireplace, on the other end will be a small stage, where bands can play. Lovett envisions the room being used to show films and to hold lectures and workshops on environmental issues as well as classes in, perhaps, gardening and canning. "It will be a fun place to be," he said.
The bottom floor is accessible from the rear of the building. It will be used as a youth center and for after-school programs. There is cooling storage space for produce. Both floors will have handicap-accessible bathrooms.
The market will sell art as well as produce and food items. Lovett said the park will have a pond or similar wetland feature. The Lewisburg Rotary Club has signed on to build an amphitheater.
For the most part, the community project is on the shoulders of the Schleiff, Lovett, Lindquist and Brandon Johnson, another local lawyer. "We would like to broaden the support," Schleiff said.
"Everyone in town sees this building at least once a day. It's a portal to the town."
Reach Rosalie Earle at ea...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5115.