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Former Forest City motel set to be burned

Village Chateau site will be cleared out as part of a future redevelopment project

Posted: Oct. 5, 2018 8:03 PM

FOREST CITY, Iowa - A long standing motel will soon be a pile of ashes.

The former Forest City Hotel, also known as the Village Chateau, was bought by the city earlier this year, and since then, the city has gutted much of the building, removing contents as well as asbestos, and disconnected all utilities on the property. Within the next few weeks, the buildings on the site will be burned as part of training exercises for area fire departments.

Dawn Baker lives next to the former motel, and says it's about time the property was dealt with.

"It had a lot of mold and rats and bedbugs and a lot of just...gross stuff. It's probably good for it to be gone."

And she's looking forward to having a front row seat when it will go up in flames.

"I think that's going to be neat. I think that's gonna be cool. I live right next door to it so I get to watch it. And it gives them more practice too, because they don't got a lot of practice here in town."

Mayor Byron Ruiter says that after the training, the land will be cleared afterwards for a future hotel and apartments. Construction on the site is expected to start next spring.

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