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Hawarden council takes a look at city owned properties

The Akron Hometowner of Akron, Iowa

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Hawarden City Administrator Gary Tucker suggested the sale of several city-owned pieces of property.

"We should take a good, hard look at the city-owned property, to see if it makes sense to continue to own it. There are costs to continue to maintain it," Tucker said at the Feb. 24 city council meeting.

Examples of city-owned property include a lot formerly used by the Boy Scouts; 20 acres near the city cemetery; acres surrounding the landfill and the Taggert property.

The old city hall, the depot building, and others will be discussed.

The Hawarden City Council instructed Tucker to contact an architect and seek an estimate on possible demolition of the old city hall and depot buildings on Central Avenue at the April 14 city council meeting.

"It will take a lot of work, but we're hoping someone can come forward with a plan for investment in the old city hall," Tucker said.

No funds are in this year's just approved budget, but monies would be set aside for demolition in the next budget. The 1918 built city hall is a National Registry of Historic Places building.

The mayor when the 1918 city hall, which was also a fire station, was built, was Walter Scott, and council members were D.S. Dick, J.G, Jarr, R.E. Metcalf, J.A. Patrick, and Dr. A.W. Peterson.

"On the one hand, it is surprising how many properties the city owns; on the other hand, some of that is for lift stations, city offices, and other uses," Tucker said at the planning session.

Earlier, city development director Jason Anderson mapped the privately owned commercial pieces, those owned by Hawarden Chamber and Economic Development, and some city pieces.

Some privately owned commercial property includes: 815 Central Ave. (formerly Rodney's Photography); 604 7th Street (formerly Linda's Leather); 824 Central Avenue (formerly American Family Insurance); 808 Avenue E (formerly Foreman Tire); 1525 Avenue E (formerly Casey's General Store); 717 9th Street (Heartland Motors); 1107 OaMill Drive (formerly V.I.P.); 10th Street and Avenue E lot (corner of Hwy. 10 and 12); 710 Central Avenue Lot (south of bank).

Hawarden Chamber and Economic Development line, owned properties, contact person is Anderson: 508 Industrial Road (spec building, one acire of land, 20,000 square feet of building); 825 Central Ave. (formerly Lil's Bo-Tique); 806 Central Ave, (Willow Tree); 913 Central Ave. (formerly Pamida Building); 925 Central Ave. (formerly Coast to Coast building); 6-8 II0th Street (former Seig's building); 1000 Central Ave. lot (corner of Hwy. 10 and Central Avenue) and 513 7th Street lot (corner of Hwy. 12 and 7th Street).

Anderson said that there have been four interested parties for the former Bomgaars buildiings.

Also, corner of 10th Street and Avenue F lot; McKee's Addition, Carr's Landing North; section 26 ag land (corner of Hwy. 10 and 23rd Street).

City owned property also includes, 700 7th Street (Depot Building); 725 Central Ave. (old city hall).

Hawarden City Council was scheduled to tour the Depot Building at 700 7th Street before their 5:30 p.m. meeting Aprill 28.

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Original Publication Date: April 28, 2010

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