Joshua Morrison/News A no trespassing sign was seen at the back of Woolsons Co. on South Main Street on Monday afternoon. The airspace above the Main Street store has become a point of contention between store owner and the Woodward Development Corp. In 2015, a fire escape crashed onto the roof of Woolsons during construction at the Woodward annex building.


MOUNT VERNON — A downtown entity restoring the Woodward Opera House claims it has the right to airspace above a neighboring building due to an existing easement.

In a response to a civil suit filed in Knox County Common Pleas Court by Larry Woolson, doing business as Woolson Co., the Woodward Development Corp. states that its having a fire escape over the Woolson building since 1992 constitutes an historical easement. The filing is written by Attorney Peter J. Georgiton on behalf of the Woodward.

Woolson is seeking damages through the civil suit from a March 4, 2015, incident in which a fire escape attached to the Woodward fell on the roof of the Woolson building. The complaint further seeks an injunction that would prohibit the Woodward from using any part of the Woolson building, including airspace — the unoccupied, undeveloped space above the building.


Nick Sabo: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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