Paullina, Iowa — The City of Paullina is getting some money to help tear down an old grain elevator and mill.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says their Derelict Building Grant Program is awarding Paullina a $25,000 to deconstruct the abandoned structure.
Paullina City Clerk Sandy Fritz says the property used to be Paullina Grain, but they sold it to the Farmers Cooperative. She says that some equipment failed on the property and it was not replaced.
She says in order to take advantage of the grant Farmers Coop had to deed the property over to the city.
Fritz says that the city plans to turn the area into truck parking, and overflow parking from the ball diamond in the short term, and in the future perhaps market the property for commercial development.
Fritz says they have to recycle at least 70 percent of the demolition debris. The DNR says that’s to limit demolition materials going to the landfill. Fritz says it was a bit of a challenge to put the project up for bids, as they needed contractors with access to a tall crane to bring down the top part of the building.
She says the demolition will probably start in November or December of this year.
For more information about the grant program, application forms and resources, the DNR says you can visit:www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/LandStewardship/WasteManagement/DerelictBuildingProgram.aspx.