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Downtown Tama building to be demolished shortly

September 11, 2017
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

A downtown Tama building declared a nuisance by the court and in need of abatement will come down.

The Tama City Council voted 4-0 on Aug. 22 to accept the bid of $26,000 from Iowa Demolition, Des Moines for the work. Voting in favor were members Emily Babinat, Robert Tyynismaa, Doug Ray and Aaron Haughey. member Kenny McAdoo was absent.

On top of the cost of razing the building, the city must pay landfill disposal fees which are estimated at $20,000.

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he commercial building at 242 West 3rd in downtown Tama is slated for demolition. The Tama City Council which has a court order to abate the nuisance has hired a Des Moines company to tear the structure down.
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The total costs are still less than an earlier bid to demolish the building the city received which was about $64,000.

Asbestos in the roof which has partially collapsed makes it a requirement a certified company to remove asbestos does the work.

John Lloyd, Tama Public Works director, told the News-Herald a 10-day Department of Natural Resources notice is required before demolition work can start.

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The building at 242 West 3rd Street has been vacant for a number of years. It was the long-time location of the A.B. Pelham Nash-Rambler dealership, garage and wrecker service and a section later used as a body shop operated by Wilbert Masker.

It last served as a warehouse and storage area for Harrison Furniture and the office area had been converted to the space for a beauty shop operated by Candy Tichy.

The property will continue in the ownership of Jeff and Piene Filloon, Toledo, after the structure is razed.



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