Abandoned businesses and decaying homes...
The city of Keokuk is filled with dozens of these eye sores.
But city officials hope purchases from a property tax sale last Saturday will give new life to those neighborhoods.
Over fifty properties were purchased in the sale.
Keokuk resident Kathie Mahoney is envisioning how she is going to transform an old restaurant, near 7th and Main Street, she recently purchased in last weekend's tax sale into her newest business venture.
Mahoney wants to turn the former dining area into a space where she can move her Irish dance business into, and says she thinks a new business will be good for boosting the economy of the downtown area.
"You always want a new business in your town no matter what it is and at this point we'll be more visible. Maybe we'll get more kids. That brings more income to us and means more income to the city," said Mahoney.
Neighboring business owner Cassandra Forbes who owns Cassandra's Canine Clips says she is happy people like Mahoney will be helping to make her block more appealing for potential customers.
"It just makes everyone's shopping experience a lot better whenever it's nice people walk up and down the street all day and I think if it's a nicer area maybe people will spend more money," said Forbes.
There were also dozens of dilapidated residential properties that were picked up by people in the sale, and Keokuk Mayor Tom Marion says he has high hopes that the new owners of all the properties will improve them.
"Anything on these lines where people have the interest to buy these. If they weren't going to do something with them, than normally they would buy them," said Marion.
And Forbes says she hopes that when some of these neighboring businesses finish renovations it will benefit all the business owners downtown.
"I think that once they get it cleaned up people will be interested in what's going on and shared the business with everyone else," said Forbes.
City officials say they made $21,000 on the sale.
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