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Stevens Point CDA recommends demolishing Eagle Plumbing building

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW)--Leaders in Stevens Point are mulling over what to do with a 102-year-old building.

The former Eagle Plumbing building sits on Third Street. Members of the Historic Preservation/Design Review Commission looked at two proposals for renovation.

Ultimately though, Mayor Andrew Halverson says the cost to bring the building up to code alone made the potential projects unaffordable. Now the city is left with a building, he says, is deteriorated beyond repair. "We now have numerous leaks now that are in the roof, we have about 25% of the surface area of the upper floor is saturated, the exterior is crumbling, the parapet has literally fallen off the building and onto the sidewalk. That's why we have it cordoned off," Halverson said.

The Community Development Authority submitted a plan to raze the building. However some city activists hope to save it. They've come up with a plan for a community center that includes a kitchen, a bike shop and a garden along with some rentable apartments. Halverson maintains the building is too unstable to wait through several more months of planning.

Ultimately, The Historic Preservation/Design Review Commission will decide whether or not to approve the plan to demolish the building.

The mayor expects a decision in the next couple of weeks.

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