Work begins in earnest to salvage Valley Falls building

by Clarke Davis

Doug Wildeman and Bret Frakes with Heinen Custom Operations discussed how best to resolve a problem with a deteriorating business building on Broadway with the mayor and city council in Valley Falls Nov. 3.

The property at 417 Broadway, currently owned by the Eaton family, has extensive rain and weather damage because of a bad roof and is threatening to damage buildings on both sides.

The owners have told the council that they cannot afford to fix the building or pay the back taxes, but they will deed the property to the city.

Removing the building appears to be the least favorable choice. No one wants a gap in the store fronts and Wildeman noted that removal would be a delicate operation in trying to avoid damage to the buildings on both sides that share common walls.

Those walls would also be exposed and require tuck-pointing to preserve them.

One solution proposed by Wildeman was to remove the rear of the building to clear out most of the debris from the interior, then seal up the building with a new metal roof and a back exterior, also of metal construction.

That would preserve the store front and the interior of the building could then be restored at some future time.

Councilwoman Lucy Thomas is suggesting that if the city invests a lot of money in preserving the building, consideration should be given to moving city hall to that location.

No dollar amount was discussed at the meeting, but the cost of a roof has been put at $30,000 in past discussions. Back taxes are less than $2,000.

Administrator Chris Channell now has the duty of contacting the Eaton family to firm up the offer of having the building donated and checking with county officials to see what breaks, if any, the city can get on the back taxes.

John Kearney of Kearney and Son Construction has also been involved in advising the city but was unable to be present at the meeting.

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