Falls Council Approves Historical Society Expansion

FALLS CITY – The Falls City City Council voted unanimously this month to approve the Richardson County Historical Society’s plan for a new display building near its Chase Street museum.

Richard Meinzer of the historical society said the proposed 6,000-square-foot, steel building would display flow-over agricultural equipment. It would also have a small kitchen and public meeting space.

City Clerk Gary Jorn noted that the city’s 2014 zoning ordinances require new buildings in the C-1, downtown commercial district  to be constructed with a brick or concrete plaster-style façade on the front face of the building.

Jorn: “It is also in the historic district that the chamber had designated five, six years ago.”

The city council approved construction of the building without complying with the brick façade.

Meinzer also asked the city to waive the building permit fee and help with costs of utility hookups.

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