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Officials OK selling former city hall

By The Herald Staff | 6/9/2014

Ottawa city commissioners voted 4-0 Wednesday night to sell the former City Hall building at 123 W. Fourth St. for $50,000 to DLD Land Holding Co. LLC of Baldwin City.

Richard Dietz, a rural Franklin County resident and a co-owner of DLD Land Holding, said he would like to develop bed and breakfast, residential and commercial properties to tie in with the walking and biking trail network in the region. Ottawa sits at the crossroads of the Prairie Spirit Rail Trail and the Flint Hills Nature Trail, both of which stretch for miles across the eastern portion of the state.

Ottawa city commissioners voted 4-0 Wednesday night to sell the former City Hall building at 123 W. Fourth St. for $50,000 to DLD Land Holding Co. LLC of Baldwin City.

Richard Dietz, a rural Franklin County resident and a co-owner of DLD Land Holding, said he would like to develop bed and breakfast, residential and commercial properties to tie in with the walking and biking trail network in the region. Ottawa sits at the crossroads of the Prairie Spirit Rail Trail and the Flint Hills Nature Trail, both of which stretch for miles across the eastern portion of the state.

Blake Jorgensen, city commissioner and an Ottawa banker, abstained from voting on the real estate transaction, citing a business relationship with DLD Land Holding.

“We will be working on some grant applications and a lot of other steps need to take place first — so this is all very preliminary,” Dietz said Wednesday. “But I’m very excited about this opportunity.”

The three-story red brick building at the corner of Fourth and Walnut streets was constructed in 1911 and is listed by the Kansas Historical Society as part of Ottawa’s historic central business district. City officials moved the city government offices out of the building in 1996 to the current City Hall building at 101 S. Hickory St.

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