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New building owner works to winterize Kibbey building

October 31, 2012
By DAVID ALEXANDER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

The building adjacent to the empty lot where 135 E. Main St. once stood is on track to get winterized.

Construction crews were on scene Monday putting temporary weatherization in place.

Scott Riemenschneider, building inspector, said the construction company handling the rehab, Koester Construction Inc., out of Des Moines, has promised to get him a timeline for the project's completion. That timeline should be in later this week.

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Construction crews began temporary weatherization efforts on the Kibbey building, shown here Monday afternoon. Once a timeline is complete and a building permit is issued, permanent winterization can get underway.

Subsequently, he said, the company can apply for a building permit and, provided everything is in order, he will issue one, allowing construction to begin.

Riemenschneider said he has looked at contract between the company and the new building owner, Brian Peters, and has looked at a project proposal but is unclear as to the exact plans for the building until he sees a timeline.

Peters is a former co-owner of downtown restaurant Haven, which closed recently. He purchased the building from its previous owners, Sheri and Dwayne Rettig, Oct. 18. The city issued a letter Oct. 13 informing the property owners that they needed to take measures to seal up the building to protect it from the ensuing harsh weather within 30 days of their receipt of that letter or face legal action.



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