New Berlin approaching resolution on condemned building

NEW BERLIN – Officials are nearing a final resolution over the fate of a historical, three-story, condemned building located in the heart of the Village of New Berlin.

The village board is recommending that the 19th-century brick building at 2-10 N. Main St. be demolished and be replaced with a public park or sold to a local business.

County codes officials and local emergency crews were called to the structure in early January 2008 because individuals nearby noticed bricks were falling from it. The building was then condemned and the tenants evacuated.

The board approved a motion to demolish the building, but will wait to make a final decision when it holds a public hearing on the issue. A public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 22 at the Village Office Building, 71 North Main St.

“We’ll hear from local citizens, discuss our options and offer our take on how we should proceed,” said New Berlin Mayor Wade Schrag.

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