Plans for a Home of Sliced Bread Visitors Center were unveiled Friday along with the announcement of more than $264,000 in Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credits being awarded to support renovating the original Home of Sliced Bread building.

Plans for a Home of Sliced Bread Visitors Center were unveiled Friday along with the announcement of more than $264,000 in Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credits being awarded to support renovating the original Home of Sliced Bread building. The overall $497,422 project is planned to create a facility that will serve citizens and businesses of Chillicothe. Rep. Rusty Black (R-Chillicothe) and Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg) made the announcement of the tax credits during a reception Friday inside the building that was the first place in the world to sell commercially-sliced bread. The NAP credits, Hoskins said, “will help turn this into the visitors center that it should be and help promote economic growth in Chillicothe.” The building is located at the northwest corner of First and Elm streets. “As many of us know, this part of town is starting to see regrowth and, hopefully, when this happens down here, it’s also going to make the surrounding area stronger and stronger,” Black stated. Ed Douglas, president of the Sliced Bread Corporation, noted some of the highlights that have taken place since 2003 when it was realized that Chillicothe was the home of sliced bread. Commercially-sliced bread came into existence in Chillicothe on July 7, 1928. The renovation project, Douglas said, is about innovation and entrepreneurship. “Everyone knows the saying ‘It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread,’” Douglas said. “It really is the standard of all innovation – past, present and future. That’s why its important.” The tax credits are expected to be sold this year, with renovation to begin next spring and the facility to be open by summer 2019. Renovations include bringing the building’s exterior back to its original appearance, creating a place for Chillicothe to tell its story of sliced bread and the history of innovation, providing a facility for leadership development and team building, and creating a couple of escape rooms, one of which will reflect the theme of U.S. Highway 36, the Way of American Genius. Details of Friday’s announcement will be published later this week.