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Yampa to buy historic market

Alexis DeLaCruz

— The Yampa Town Board has taken the first step toward purchasing one of town’s oldest buildings. Town officials hope to restore the structure and have it added to the county’s historic registry.

Yampa Town Board member Karen Tussey said board members agreed at their meeting Wednesday to buy Crossan’s MNA Market property from Ken and Cindy Montgomery.

The old building is now vacant but once was one of many markets supported by town residents, Tussey said.

The market is at First and Main streets across from the Yampa-Egeria Historical Museum.

“We all love this property. The majority of residents we talked to want to see that building preserved,” she said.

The Town Board’s decision to purchase the building is one of the first steps toward making sure the building will remain standing. The town also is working with Historic Routt County officials to secure a grant that would provide money to stabilize the structure. The town is applying to have the building added to Routt County’s historic registry, Tussey said.

Yampa Town Clerk Janet Ray said the town is still processing the contract to purchase the building but that the purchase price most likely will be between $45,000 and $46,000.

Tussey said the building is in “dire straits” and that the town needs to act quickly to begin the restoration process.

“The building is sinking. There are cracks in the floor and ceiling. The roof is sinking. The stairway is collapsing,” she said. “We desperately need to give it some emergency help.”

In other business, the Town Board decided to begin installing new playground equipment for the Snowden Park on Saturday.

“Weather permitting, that’s when we hope to get our new equipment in there,” she said. “We’re thrilled about that.”

The town purchased new playground equipment for the town’s toddlers and smaller children to use because the town did not have equipment suitable for its youngest residents.

“We wanted to make sure there was something for them to do since the older kids can go to (South Routt Elementary School) to play,” she said.

Tussey described the new equipment as very colorful with slides and “loopy things.”

Adding the new equipment and purchasing the property are signs of things to come, Tussey said.

“There certainly are a lot of exciting things happening in Yampa right now,” she said.


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