City seeking tenants for auditorium

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

McCOOK, Nebraska -- The City of McCook will proceed with recruiting tenants to rent commercial space, in what was previously the home to city administration offices and council chambers. The McCook City Council directed city staff to develop a letter of interest Monday evening, intended to assist with soliciting tenants at the Memorial Auditorium building on West Fifth Street.

Councilors commented that extensive space and multiple options are available. Space for lease in the building ranges from extensive office space previously used by city staff to storage space in the basement. Small office space in the main corridor is available and even a commercial use for the gymnasium area would be considered, according to councilors.

"We need to get someone in there," said Councilor Bruce McDowell, adding that empty buildings did not age well.

Also during the meeting, a resolution certifying the city is capable of providing public transportation to its citizens was approved by councilors. The city's annual application for state and federal financial assistance for public transportation was also approved.

The McCook Public Transit System is anticipated to receive $62,395 in federal assistance and $31,198 in state assistance, with the city providing $31,198 in matching funds.

Old Sarge's Bar and Loop Brewing Co. were approved to operate Keno-type lottery machines.

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