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Committee votes on fate of historic building


by Brittany Earl

STEVENSPOINT(WAOW)--A Stevens Point committee decided the fate of a historic building that is more than 100 years old.

The Historic Preservation/ Design Review Committee voted Wednesday night to tear down the former Eagle Plumbing building with a three to two vote. The 102 year old historic building has seen better days, it was the first auto repair shop with a car elevator and indoor plumbing but soon the unique structure will no longer stand on Third Street.

Wednesday night the Historic Preservation/Design Review Committee met to discuss a plan submitted by the Community Development Authority. The CDA asked to raze the building due to it's current condition which they considered to be unsafe.

Tim Siebert, member of the Historic Preservation Committee says, "Safety seems to be a big issue and certainly it is an issue, you don't want a brick falling on someone but I think it could have been stabilized."

Several community members spoke at Wednesday nights meeting asking the committee to allow other options to be considered for the fate of the building.

Tom Brown, Stevens Point resident says, "Many people feel there is no hurry to tear this building down as long as it's standing up people should have the opportunity to come up with ideas for it. If there is another use for it's land and that idea is ready to happen they can remove the building at that point."

Joel Lemke Director of Stevens Point Public Works addressed the board stating the building is in poor condition and his crews have filled two front end loaders with loose bricks. City inspectors say the building is unsafe.

Andrew Beveridge, Chairman of Historic Preservation Committee says, "Well for lots of people to go in there and say they can restore it but it's never going to function quite right, it's always going to be a little this and a little that but that's what historic is all about it's not exactly the easiest thing to do."

Online Reporter: Brittany Earl

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