City considers possibilities for vacant building
That long vacant, granite cobblestone building adjacent to the Broadway Skate Park could have new life.
"We are having some discussions with some entities and individuals," Parks Director Ron Hopp told the city's Parks Board Tuesday.
According to the latest issue of the Historical Society of Pottawattamie County newsletter that Hopp provided, the two-story building could become a dual purpose facility with a meeting room for community groups on one floor and a skateboard art shop and young people's museum on the other floor.
Outdoor art shows could be held during the warm weather and the area could be flooded in winter for ice-skating, the newsletter mentioned. Another use could be a concession stand for skateboarders with restroom facilities.
"It's not a big building," Hopp said.
Nevertheless, there could be historical renovation grant money available to renovate the structure built by the Omaha and Council Bluffs Streetcar railway System during World War I.
City officials have plans for the brick building adjacent to the Broadway Skate Park.