City seeks proposals for downtown building
Thursday, August 08, 2019
OTTUMWA — The fact the storefront at 307 E. Main St., is vacant doesn’t stand out. Many of the storefronts on the block are. But most aren’t secured with a rusty chain and a shiny new padlock.
It’s also the site of an unusual action by the city. The building has been declared abandoned, and is now the city’s property. Abandoned buildings in Ottumwa don’t tend to be in the heart of a district the city has been working to restore.
“This building is in dire need of renovation,” City Attorney Joni Keith told city council members. “It’s full of debris and miscellaneous materials.”