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Category: Development

City of Spencer February building permits
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City of Spencer February building permits

The City of Spencer in February issued six building permits on projects that together totaled over $4.35 million in construction costs. Fees for the permits totaled $5,015. Here’s more information about February’s permits, as provided by the city. Weasy’s Lounge, 216 Grand Avenue, exterior facade remodel, $50,000 construction cost, $150 permit fee Nicholas Applegate, 316...

Residential tax abatements approved for 10 properties
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Residential tax abatements approved for 10 properties

The Spencer City Council approved residential tax abatements for 10 properties Monday night. The abatements are part of a program that allows property owners to apply for and potentially receive tax abatements for five years following remodeling or new construction of residential properties. Ward 5 Council member Ron Hanson wanted to make note of the...

5 homes to benefit from city’s substandard housing program
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5 homes to benefit from city’s substandard housing program

Five properties in town will receive funding for home repairs thanks to Spencer’s new Substandard Housing Rehabilitation Program. The Spencer City Council last week approved 5-0 a resolution authorizing the acceptance of bids from contractors for work on the five properties. The combined amount awarded for the five bids is $122,475. Under the program, the...

City council notes: August 19, 2019
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City council notes: August 19, 2019

The Spencer City Council discussed the following topics at its meeting on Monday, August 19. City council election papers now available Spencer residents interested in running for mayor or one of three city council seats up on the November 5 ballot can file nomination papers as of Monday, August 26. Offices on the ballot are...

New company purchases Simonsen facility
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New company purchases Simonsen facility

The former Simonsen Iron Works facility has been purchased by Godbersen Metal Works, a startup manufacturing company with Ida Grove connections. At last week’s meeting, the Spencer City Council approved its $37,500 portion of a $75,000 Spencer Area Jobs Trust forgivable loan to the company. To have the loan amount forgiven, Godbersen Metal Works (GMW)...

Proposed Spencer Arts District plans would fill Gary’s on the River, Hallmark building
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Proposed Spencer Arts District plans would fill Gary’s on the River, Hallmark building

McClure representatives returned to Spencer Wednesday to deliver a framework for establishing an arts and cultural district in the downtown area. McClure was hired by the city in August for $38,000 to develop an arts and culture plan, though discussions about bringing in the group began about a year ago. On Wednesday, Mickey Davis, a...

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