Fire Damaged Building Update

Board takes demolition request under advisement. The Historical Preservation board received the request from Dr. Lee and Amy Larsen to tear down their building that housed Cass Family Medicine (405 Main) and Plattsmouth Chiropractic Center (409 Main) before it was gutted by fire on January 2nd.

The application was received by the city late last week and included an engineer’s report.

The Cassgram reports the historical board did not have an application for demolition from 401 Main for consideration this week. The fire started in the Quarthouse Pub building (401 Main) and spread next door. The insurance carrier for both the 401 Main building owner and the tenant sent letters to the City of Plattsmouth a few weeks ago stating an intention to proceed with demolition but a formal demolition application has not been received.

Investigations to pinpoint the origin of the fire have not been conducted or scheduled by the state fire marshal’s office because of safety concerns in entering the damaged building.

The next scheduled meeting of the historical board is April 21st. The board members are Richard McKinley, Joe Ostaseski, Don Gappa, Jennifer Roby, Doug Duey, Celine Wilcox and Harlan Seyfer.

With the general consensus about the importance of the decision, board members will be reviewing the 405 and 409 application over the next month.

Roby and her husband Bob operate the River House Cafe directly across the street from the damaged building. She said some at the meeting showed an interest in preserving part of the façade. Delaying a decision will allow more study time for those historical aspects and, she said, if a demolition application for 401 is received too it may make the whole process more efficient for all involved. There’s also the possibility “a better idea” may emerge after reviewing the engineering report, said Roby.

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