Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013
Empty Massac County Building to Become Pioneer Village
MASSAC CO. -- An abandoned and rundown building in Massac County will get a second life. The Laidlaw facility, near Fort Massac in Metropolis, has been empty for seven years. It's become an overgrown eyesore, but that's all going to change with plans to turn the site into a historical village.
Friends of Fort Massac bought the property from the city. Their goal is to knock down the buildings and build an 1800s era pioneer village in its place.
The structure also sits right next to Big John supermarket. Owner Mike Pool is thrilled the building is going away.
"It'll kind of benefit the whole park and hopefully some of the neighbors like us," Pool said.
Mike Korte, President of Friends of Fort Massac, says the group is approaching the project in two phases. Phase one, the purchase of the building from the city at a cost of $580,000. Phase two, the demolition, an $80,000 job. All paid for by state and federal grants.
Korte says the village will be an active educational tool, with reenactors performing as blacksmiths and store owners.
"We are very happy that this is taking place and we are looking forward to the future," Korte said.
Friends of Ft. Massac hope to close on the property by the end of the year, the demolition will start soon afterwards. Then, they can get started on building the village.
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