Kalona Bakery

The old Kalona Bakery Building at 209 Fifth St., has been vacant since a June 2016 fire.

The city of Kalona is moving forward with plans to renovate the former Kalona Bakery building.

The city is seeking state grant money to repair damage to the building caused by a June 25, 2016, fire.

“We’ve done preliminary work on the applications for two grants to help with mitigation efforts,” City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh said. “We’ve done an assessment and review and took photos.”

The city is seeking money from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Derelict Building Grant Program and the Iowa Department of Economic Development’s Community Catalyst Grant Fund Program.

“These would help pay for temporary and permanent repairs inside the building,” Schlabaugh said.

Some of those repairs include a new roof, framing and replacing damaged parts of the structure.

“There are some charred timbers and still some of the original ceiling, sheetrock and drywall,” Schlabaugh said. “We need to get it all gone.”

The Community Catalyst program offers grants up to $100,000 to assist communites with the “redevelopment, rehabilitation or deconstruction of buildings to stimulate economic growth or reinvestment in the community.”

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James Jennings, News Editor at The News, can be reached at news@kalonanews.com

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