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Buyer steps forward to rescue Knight Ryders building

The Spring Valley city council said they would help fund efforts to revitalize the buildings at 100 and 102 W. St. Paul Street in Spring Valley. The buildings were purchased by the owner of the Bayou Express property next door.
The Spring Valley city council said they would help fund efforts to revitalize the buildings at 100 and 102 W. St. Paul Street in Spring Valley. The buildings were purchased by the owner of the Bayou Express property next door.

A building that has sat vacant for several years will be getting some renovation work done soon — with some contributions from the city of Spring Valley.

At Monday night’s council meeting, Mayor Walt Marini said the city has agreed to reimburse the owner of 100-102 W. St. Paul St. a fourth of construction costs, or up to $15,000, for renovation work set to take place soon.

The building on the northwest corner of St. Paul and Spalding streets used to house the Knight Ryders Pub. Marini said it was recently sold to the building owner of Bayou Express who intends to make repairs to the structure so it will be ready to house more potential businesses.

Down the street, the city has received a couple of proposals for the 228-230 E. St. Paul St. property. The city is looking to find someone to rehabilitate the former hotel property, which the city currently owns. The council reviewed proposals during a closed session last week following a committee meeting.

Thanks for the vehicle

Public works superintendent Jeff Norton took a moment to thank the owner of Auto Salvage Co. in Peru for donating a used truck to the city.

Norton said the city’s truck used in the parks had to have a transmission replaced and they went to Auto Salvage to find a replacement. Since the cost to replace the transmission appeared to be more money than the used truck, Norton said the owner swapped him a used truck for the one with the bad transmission.

“It was a no brainer,” Norton said.

Brett Herrmann can be reached at (815) 220-6933 or bherrmann@shawmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SpringValley.

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