NEWARK, Ohio — A developer with a specialty renovating historic structures has bought the basket-shaped Ohio building formerly used by employees of The Longaberger Co.

Canton-based developer Steve Coon and his partner, Bobby George, of Cleveland, closed on the building in central Ohio Friday. The iconic basket structure had stood empty for more than a year.

Coon said he has a “big vision in mind” for the building with details to come.

Licking County Treasurer Olivia Parkinson says a large amount of back taxes owed on the building are expected to be paid this week.

Longaberger opened the $32 million building in 1997 but later suffered financial problems as sales dropped off.

Coon hopes to place the structure on the National Register of Historic Places.

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