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Plans for Waterloo Wonder Bread building moving forward

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Plans are moving along quickly for the rehabbing of the historic Waterloo building known as the Waterloo Wonder Bread building.

A meeting in September could finalize things, says the group "Friends of the Waterloo Wonder Bread Building."

The agreement would see the Cedar Falls company SingleSpeed Brewery establish a second location.

Back in it's heyday, locals say you could smell the Wonder Bread bakery blocks away.

The building design was minimal, there was little pizazz on the outside, but once inside, it was a different story.

"When I was in about fourth grade we got a tour and I just remember walking into the building," says Waterloo resident Janice Cullen-Savage. "It seemed really large at that time and the smell was wonderful."

Not too long ago, Hostess Brands filed for bankruptcy and the Wonder Bread Building was forced to shut down.

It didn't take long for people in Waterloo to come up with a solution.

Dave Morgan owns SingleSpeed, he says if an agreement is reached with the city of Waterloo, the brewery could soon be the next occupant.

It would be a much bigger space for a lot more brew.

"I think it'll really be a lynchpin in the community," says Waterloo man Roman Frackiewicz. "It'll draw people to downtown, the East Side has really seen a resurgence."

A rendering of the building gives an idea of what it would look like.

The hopes are to keep much of the original signage, to bring the building back to glory.

At this point, many have taken a liking to the idea.

"I think I'm confident in saying Waterloo has rallied around us, and that feels really good," said owner Dave Morgan.

The meeting with city council will be held September 8th.

If the plan is approved, they hope to be in business by next fall.

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