ASHLAND - The former Ashland Borough Hall building will soon be the property of the Ashland Area Historic Preservation Society for $1.

The historic building first identified as the "Station House" at 511 Chestnut St. has been vacant since 2007 when the borough administration moved into its new office at the Museum of Anthracite Mining in Higher Up Park. Borough officials and employees share the main floor with the museum.

During its Feb. 12 meeting, Ashland Borough Council approved the transfer of the property pending review of the documents.

Historical society treasurer Jim Klock of Ashland said it's just a matter of having everything in order to take over the historic building, which was built in 1867 - 10 years after Ashland was incorporated as a borough - and is one of the oldest structures in the borough. It was constructed for $1,950.

Klock said the society wanted to be sure it could preserve the history.

"I think we'll be able to handle it."

Klock hopes to move the society's library there and make it a genealogy center. Another idea is to restore the meeting room to what it looked like in the early 1900s.