Florence council votes to raze what’s left of historic saloon

A bar that has served customers for 100 years at 255 N. Main St. is pictured in better days. The building was gutted by fire this summer, and the town plans to demolish what’s left of it, clear the lot and place a lien on the property in hopes of recouping the town’s costs someday. / Florence Reminder

 

By Mark Cowling | Florence Reminder

The town will spend up to $300,000 to clear the debris from the fire that destroyed a 106-year-old tavern at 255 N. Main St. this summer.

The Town Council and the town’s Historic District Advisory Commission met jointly Monday night. The HDAC voted in favor of a demolition permit, but for saving the northeast section of the property “if feasible.” The council then voted to authorize the town manager to negotiate for the demolition, remediation and disposal of the building most recently known as the Kokopelli Moon Saloon.

Owner Matt Ritter did not attend Monday’s meeting and has not responded to the town’s communications, according to town staff. A call and an email to his office were not returned Tuesday.

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