Former Ashland Oil Building along Winchester Avenue goes dark

ASHLAND, Ky. (WYMT/WSAZ) - The lights have gone out in the old Ashland Oil building in downtown Ashland.

"I've been working nonstop this week," caterer Sudie Davis said. "I'm feeling nervous and very rushed."

Davis purchased Elite Catering in 2005. Hers is among a handful of businesses that had set up shop in the landmark office building along Winchester Avenue.

That building was auctioned off in January 2011. The non-profit Kentucky Appalachian Foundation had it at the time, and it was sold to a local architect.

"I just pay rent, no utilities," Davis said. "I have no control of keeping the lights on."

WLGC Radio would have celebrated its 10 anniversary in the Ashland building this month. Instead, it's had to move across the street. The entire operation was moved in a matter of weeks -- off the air for only an hour.

"It's been quite an experience," said Mark Justice with WLGC. "We knew it was something that had to be done. The moral of the story is simple: It's good to have your business in a place where you control your own destiny and are not dependent upon others for your utilities and the things you need to stay in business."

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