The building sits on the corner of New Cumberland’s only red light and its front steps have seen generations of young people watching the cars go by and contemplating life as they know it in the small town. The displays in the windows have ranged from wartime train displays to Christmas sled and wagons to a celebration of the seasons.

      Ownership of the Graham Building in New Cumberland changed hands last week.  New owner Bryce Custer, a licensed real estate broker with NAI Spring of Ohio and West Virginia, said he closed on the purchase of the building from the Staley family last week.   Custer has experience in the acquisition, disposition of office, retail and  petrochemical and natural gas projects along the Ohio River Corridor. 

    Custer said he is excited about the potential for the  building which was built in 1903 and would like to hear any ideas the community may have for the use of the property.   According to Custer,  the interest being shown in Hancock County by developing industry and businesses bodes well for not only New Cumberland, but Chester and Newell as well.   He plans to begin work renovating the building in the next few weeks and envisions the upstairs portion of the building being used as office space.  Among the possibilities for the downstairs would be a coffee shop which would serve breakfast and lunch.

      Custer is looking forward to working with the community in exploring  ideas for future development of the building.  He encourages anyone with ideas for development of the building to contact him at 330-418-9287.