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Linn County loses an option for rebuilding

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- The former EconoFoods building on the Northeast side of Cedar Rapids is no longer an option for rebuilding the Linn County administrative offices.

Iowa Realty Commercial sent a letter to the Linn County Board of Supervisors saying that a purchase and sale agreement has been entered into for the property at 1800 51st Street NE in Cedar Rapids.

The building was originally one of five options presented as a possibility for the permanent location of the Linn County administrative offices back in October. 

“We’re sorry to see this property is no longer an option for the County,” said Lu Barron, Chairwoman of the Linn County Board of Supervisors. “However, when a property is for sale, this outcome is always a possibility.”

The original administrative building at 930 First Street SW, was heavily damaged during the Floods of 2008.

Two of the options still on the table include returning to the original building as it was pre-flood or renovating, improving and expanding the original building.

The county administrative offices are currently located in the former Steve and Barry's location at Westdale Mall.  Staying in that location is also one of the options left on the table.

The fourth option that is still being considered is co-location with the City of Cedar Rapids and/or the Cedar Rapids Community School District in a yet to be determined location.

Due to a confidentiality agreement, Iowa Realty Commercial can't say who has bought the property or what will be done with it.

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