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The demolition of the Senior Citizens Building, located at 20 East State Street, is underway. The building, which is owned by the City of Marshalltown, was heavily damaged in the July 2018 tornado. The City worked with its insurance company and ultimately took an actual cash value settlement of nearly $700,000 to move forward with the demolition. After a public bidding process, Lansing Brothers Construction of Luxemborg, Iowa, submitted the lowest bid, and won the contract. The demolition and site restoration is expected to take 3 weeks.
The property will not be vacant for long. Flint Hills Holdings Corporation and the Landover Corporation have an option on the property and other adjacent properties to build a new multi-family housing complex. The project has received a low-income housing tax credit allocation from the Iowa Finance Authority, and is still in the planning stages. 50 new units, 5 of which will be market-rate, will be available in Downtown as a result of the project.
At the time of the tornado, there were two renters in the building. The Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) has relocated to VFW post at 107 East Meadow Lane for their congregant meal service. The Senior Citizens Center has relocated to the Fisher Community Center at 709 South Center Street.