FAQs

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Who is heading up the effort for restoration of the Veterans Memorial Building?

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The Nebraska City Veterans Memorial Building Project a Non-Profit, tax exempt 501(c) (3) has been created to raise funds and spearhead the restoration and renovation.

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How will the building be used once the restoration is complete?

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The building must be self-supporting. However the building is used it must generate funds to keep the lights on, pay the property taxes and maintain the building. We want your ideas and suggestions.

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When do you expect the renovation to be complete?

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After the funds have been raised the renovation will take about a year to complete.

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What will the restoration and renovation of the Veterans Memorial Building cost?

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It has been estimated a complete renovation and restoration of the building will cost between $4 to $5 million.

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What are the benefits of having the building on the National Historic Register?

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Because the building is on the National Historic Register it can be eligible for state and federal historic tax credits to assist with renovation of the building.

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Since the building is on the Historic Register does that protect the building from being torn down?

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No. A building on the Historic Register can still be demolished or torn down by the owners of the property.

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When was the Veterans Memorial Building placed on the National Historic Register?

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The building was placed on the National Historic Register on March 22, 2016.

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Who was using the building at the time it was closed?

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The Nebraska City High School Alumni association had an office and trophy room in the building. The American Legion Post 8 had a permanent meeting room. W.O.T.A. (World of the Aging) had a daily lunch that was prepared in the downstairs commercial kitchen. Community meetings and events were still being held in the building at the time it was closed. W.O.T.A. was the last to vacate the building.

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Why was the building closed?

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The heating system needed upgrading as well as new requirements by the state fire marshal for the downstairs kitchen.

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How was it determined where to construct the building?

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The American Legion Post 8 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars purchased the land and donated two lots located on the corner of 8th Street and 1st Corso.

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When was the Veterans Memorial Building constructed?

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The Veterans Memorial Building was built in 1929. The total construction time was about 11 months.

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Who owns the building?

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The City of Nebraska City owns the building. It was donated to the city debt free in 1943.

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How long has the building been closed?

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The city closed the building in 2007.

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How much did it cost to construct the building?

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The total construction cost was $75,000.

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Where did the money come from to construct the building?

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Contributions from about 3,000 residents of Nebraska City and Otoe county raised $50,000. A $25,000 Mortgage was taken out.