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Commissioners discuss uses for downtown building

County commissioners discussed remodeling a former retail business during a special meeting Monday.

They met with an architect and a commercial building services manager to consider what to do with a building at 624 Ave. H.

The building, which once housed Eddie’s Cowboy Store, was purchased by the county in 2011.

County Judge Larry Sprowls said that once an asbestos abatement project is completed, the county can begin looking in earnest at what to do with the property.

Jacob Kirkland, project manager with Teinert Commercial Building Services, said he was concerned that the county could spend as much renovating the second floor as the first floor.

Kirkland said it might be best to ‘demo out’ the second and third floors before deciding what to do next.

He said the third floor is not usable.

Sprowls said the county does not yet have a specific plan on what department would move into the building.

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