Mike Grant | Times Herald

The sale of the long-time VFW canteen at the corner of Main and Meridian Streets is now pending.

The Washington VFW has an offer on its long-time home on Main Street and the sale is awaiting the completion of the paperwork.

“We have accepted the offer,” said VFW Post Commander Mike Heshelman. “We are just waiting to make certain everything goes through for the individual who made us the offer before we say anything else.”

Heshelman declined to disclose the purchaser because the sale is still pending on the building that has served as the VFW home since 1968.

“It is a little bit of the relief that we will no longer have that financial burden over our heads, but also some sadness that we are losing the building that has been the chapter home for so long,” said Heshelman. “We hopefully now will begin bringing things back to life.”

With the sale of the building the VFW will revert to being a paper chapter that will still hold meetings and conduct business.

“Right now, we have coordinated with the FOP (Fraternal Order of Police) to utilize their facility for our meetings for a few months until we know for sure, what we are going to do,” said Heshelman.

The VFW has had a presence in downtown Washington since the chapter was founded in 1935. The first canteen was located a few buildings to the east of the current location. Heshelman says the club could yet turn up downtown as it searches for a new home.

“Not yet, we are going to wait a little bit before we begin looking,” he said. “We want to make certain we know where we are at and know before we jump into something we can financially afford.”

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