Artist files for Bankruptcy, Jeopardizes City

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Eight years ago, artist Alan Cottrill moved back to Zanesville, Ohio. He had a vision of restoring the old Nader building in the city to its former glory and take it to even greater heights. So in 2005, he borrowed $120,000 from the city and obtained another $200,000 in a federal grant to make improvements to the building which he also bought. “One hundred percent of those funds went into the building and it still wasn’t enough. I put in $130,000 of my own money to finish the project, money I could ill afford,” said the renowned artist. Cottrill had the building completely renovated and thereby restored the ambience it once had.

Besides the Nader building, Cottrill also put in tens of thousands of dollars into purchasing other buildings in the city. He has now filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and will not be able to repay the $100,000 he still owes the city of Zanesville.

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