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Brownton council hears plans for tax-forfeited properties

Brownton citizens will hopefully see a cleaned-up grocery store site on its main street soon.
The former grocery store, located on Fourth Avenue North, has fallen into disrepair, with bricks falling off the building and the roof caving in. The city has placed a fence around the lot to keep pedestrians out of the area.
Bruce Turner, told the Brownton City Council at its Jan. 2 meeting that his first goal is to begin hauling away the debris and to secure the building.
“Our short-term plan is to secure the building and clean it out,” said Turner. “Right away, we need to get the debris out of there, then we can evaluate the actual condition of the building itself.”
City Clerk Ella Kruse strongly recommended that Turner get in touch with the city’s building inspector as soon as possible. She said the inspector, Darin Haslip, has serious concerns about the building.
Turner also bought, through the tax-forfeiture process, property at 253 Seventh Ave. N and 223 Fifth Street N. He plans to rehabilitate the homes at both of those properties, starting with the one on Seventh Avenue N.
For more about the tax-forfeited properties, see the Jan. 10 print edition of The Chronicle.