The City of St. James and Watonwan County voted to demolish the "Polos Building" downtown (the white building between Lewis Drug and Dr. Pitcher's dental office- 508 1st Ave S). The building came back to the County through tax forfeiture. The demolition was awarded to Blue Earth Environmental Company, Inc for $124,800. Costs will be split equally between the City and the County. $5,000 will be set aside for beautification of the lot after demolition, and the property will be turned over to the City.
The City is currently working with staff from Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership (SWMHP), who has received a grant to fund the exploration of creative solutions in lieu of complete demolition.
TRANSFORMATION not DEMOLITION- we want your input!
Stop by the building on September 10th between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm and learn about the options we are exploring and give us your feedback. Otherwise join us at a community meeting on September 12th at 6:30 pm at the Community Building.