Two Downtown Beatrice Buildings on Condemned Status

BEATRICE – Having dealt for nearly three years demolishing a downtown building whose roof caved in, Beatrice elected officials could be on the verge of having to deal with two other condemned structures.  One, at 413 Court known as the Barber Building, is near where a building at 407 Court was previously torn down. In its place is now a restaurant’s courtyard.  Also condemned is a former electric business and decorating business, on the southwest corner of 4th and Court.

Beatrice Chief Building Inspector, Rob Mierau

Chief Building Inspector Rob Mierau says the building on the corner was condemned in December, while 413 Court was posted as condemned in the past two weeks.

:51                  “407 Court Building”

413 Court has three stories, and Mierau says it is rotted from the roof through to the second floor.

:15                  “walls as well”

The inspector says there is separation between the brick and framing.  At one time, there appears to have been a fire in the second floor of the building, which was never repaired.  Mierau says its’ possible only part of the former Cook Electric building at 4th and Court, would have to come down.

:21                  “certainly salvageable”

The buildings are part of a downtown National Historic District, but Mierau says that cannot be a determining factor in the future of the structures.  It’s about building safety.

:17                  “absolutely could”

The building at 4th and Court is no longer occupied by an operating business.  It also had a fire in the basement, at one time.

The 413 Court building is not occupied, but a building adjacent to the west does have a functioning upstairs apartment.  A building adjacent to the east, is not occupied.

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