Extension approved for historic Elks renovationThe Dickinson City Commission approved another extension for a developer of a historic downtown building during a meeting at City Hall Monday evening.
The Dickinson City Commission approved another extension for a developer of a historic downtown building during a meeting at City Hall Monday evening.
Developer Granville “Beaver” Brinkman purchased the historic Elks Building from the city in 2005 and since that time, several things have slowed down the project, including a massive 2007 fire that gutted the building.
In June 2009, the City Commission granted Brinkman a fourth extension, according to a previous Press article.
The most recent addendum stipulated that if Brinkman was not completed by Sept. 30, the city would have the option to “convey the property back to Dickinson.”
That deadline was not met.
Plumbers are wrapping up and as soon as they are completed, bathroom insulation and drywall work can be finished, Brinkman said.
Brinkman anticipates having the first and second floors “substantially complete right after the first of the year” and hopes to move tenants in by April.
Third floor condos should be substantially completed by April or May, with move-ins possibly in June, Brinkman said.
“I appreciate the city’s commitment to this and we are looking forward to completing it also,” Brinkman said. “The building looks very nice inside. It’s coming along substantially well.”
City Commissioner Rod Landblom suggested shortening the year extension from Sept. 30 to June 1.
“I’m just trying to keep this from dragging itself out … on a practical basis, if there’s a June 1 deadline then perhaps we will get the concentration and get the completion of all those elements,” Landblom said. “If the first and second floors are already marginally completed at this point, by the first of the year it seems practical that the third floor could be pulled together within those first four or five months.”
The sixth addendum includes a June completion date.
“I suspect Mr. Brinkman has a strong financial incentive to complete this building sooner rather than later,” said Mayor Dennis Johnson.
In other business:
* The Commission voted to further review a newly-drafted liquor license ordinance that could allow officials to issue an additional on/off sale liquor license. Another public hearing will be held during a Nov. 15 City Commission meeting at City Hall.
* Local law enforcement will now be able to enforce vehicle size, weight and load restrictions after the City Commission passed an ordinance during Monday’s meeting. No truck or commercial vehicle exceeding five tons registered gross weight is to be operated within the city except on designated truck routes, according to the ordinance.