New Hampton in Holding Pattern on Repairs to Chamber Building
The City of New Hampton is in a holding pattern over making repairs to the building that houses the New Horizon Chamber of Commerce.
The northside exterior wall of the building at 13/15 West Main Street is in dire need of repair due to deteriorating conditions brought on by time and water damage. In March, the City voted to abate the property since the owner, Julius Bryant and Carpe Diem, LLC, of Charles City, had not responded to requests to make the necessary building repairs in a timely fashion.
At this week’s City Council meeting, Mayor Bobby Schwickerath says new information came to light from a second contractor the City sought opinion from on the building’s necessary repairs.
If the owner doesn’t reply, Schwickerath says they’ll likely move forward with the initial contractor’s estimate, which could cost at least $15,000.
If the City abates the property, the City will make the necessary repairs and assess the charges to the owner’s property taxes.