Hearing could decide fate of vacant Fort Madison building

Published: Mar. 4, 2022 at 6:11 AM CST
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FORT MADISON (WGEM) - A Friday court hearing could end with the city of Fort Madison taking possession of a downtown building.

Mayor Matt Mohrfeld said if everything goes the city’s way, a judge could award the city ownership of the property at 732 Avenue G.

He said because of the building’s history and location, it’s a prime target for redevelopment.

Mohrfeld said they have already met with a developer and they are trying to push for an adaptive rehab, as the building could be more than just a few more downtown apartments.

“But this one compared to some of the other adaptive rehabs downtown has nice commercial space, so we could see potential for large and small commercial, it is a corner lot,” he said.

Mohrfeld said if the judge does give the city the property, the adaptive rehab process will be able to move forward.

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