The City of Hopkinton recently received a state grant to support efforts to tear down a historic downtown building and install a park in its place.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources recently announced this year’s recipients of the agency’s Derelict Building Grant program. The program was started to help small cities deconstruct derelict buildings.
Hopkinton was awarded a $40,000 grant to help tear down the city’s old Masonic lodge, located at 129 First St. SE.
City Clerk Sarah Helle said the building was constructed in the 1860s and, over the years, has served as a restaurant, barber shop and apartment complex. In the past few years, however, it has been unused and fallen into disarray.
“It’s been in disrepair for a while now,” Helle said.
In total, the city estimates it will cost about $55,000 to deconstruct the building, which will include asbestos abatement.
Helle said she hopes to have the project started in late summer, with the deconstruction completed by October.
In place of the lodge, city officials intend to construct a pocket park. What the park will contain has not yet been finalized, but Helle noted that design work will begin later this year.