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Morning Sun
  • Knights of Columbus to replace fallen building

  • The Knights of Columbus are working on plans for a new building and hope to break ground in 60 to 90 days. The Knights’ previous building at 718 1/2 N. Broadway was torn down after it was destroyed by smoke and water damage in May of 2011 when Beitzinger Hardware and Bud’s Jewelry burned down.

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  • The Knights of Columbus are working on plans for a new building and hope to break ground in 60 to 90 days. The Knights’ previous building at 718 1/2 N. Broadway was torn down after it was destroyed by smoke and water damage in May of 2011 when Beitzinger Hardware and Bud’s Jewelry burned down.
    The building’s new location will be in the empty lot between Joplin Street and Grand Ave., just south of Wesley House, member Roland Dalrymple said. The Knights are acquiring the land from Watco, which currently owns the right-of-way for the railroad spur that used to run through it.
    The current right-of-way was not zoned for anything, Dalrymple said, and Pittsburg’s Planning and Zoning Committee recently agreed to zone it for commercial property/office space.
    “We have preliminary plans that we generated ourselves,” Dalrymple said. “We’re in the process of talking to some architects and engineers to do the necessary drawings.”
    Local company PEC will do the necessary surveying to establish property lines, so exact terms of sale can be made.
    “We’re taking it by small steps,” Dalrymple said.
    The building will be be a 40 foot wide by 60 foot long wood frame building with 9 foot ceiliings. It will have wood trusses, a conventional asphalt shingle roof and concrete lap siding.
    “It might have some masonry on the corners for decorative purposes, but that’s an option,” Dalrymple said.
    It will have a kitchen, restrooms, storage and office space, and a large, open room for meetings and activities. It also will be ADA compliant. Dalrymple said the building will be made available for the parish and its Boy Scout troop.
    “We would like to accommodate any of our parish members for small events,” Dalrymple said.
     

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