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June 24, 2014

Renovation sought for vacant Fort Dodge building

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A developer has proposed renovating the vacant Warden Plaza building in downtown Fort Dodge.

The Messenger says (http://bit.ly/1miL1xe ) the plan by Landover Corp. includes apartments, stores and offices.

Landover President Richard Sova told the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday that the plan bring Warden Plaza "back to its historical wonderfulness." But he also says there's no guarantee the complex proposal would be completed, saying "there's a lot of pieces to this."

An early projection placed the project cost at $12 million, but Sova says that figure likely will rise.

Sova says he'll be asking the council for property tax abatements and to endorse his applications for tax credits.

The eight-story Warden Plaza was built in the 1920s and has been vacant for about a decade.

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Information from: The Messenger, http://www.messengernews.net

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