Webster City officials move to preserve downtown building

The Webster City Council has approved the purchase of a historic downtown building with plans to restore the structure’s facade.

The Messenger reports that the City Council approved the $40,000 purchase of the former Elks Club building on Monday. The two-story building was built in 1906.

Lindsay Henderson is the city’s community vitality director. She says a recent engineering inspection found that the building was structurally sound but its facade needs work to prevent moisture damage.

Henderson says those repairs may get funding from Community Development Block Grant funds. She says about 30 percent of the grant can be used for “slum and blight elimination.”

The building is currently owned by resident Merlyn Tungesvik. Henderson says Tungesvik has agreed to move her belongings out by Sept. 3.

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Information from: The Messenger, http://www.messengernews.net

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