DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION: City hopes to purchase Eagles building

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Redevelopment Commission approved plans to potentially purchase the former Eagles Lodge #1906.The Eagles Lodge, located at 306 W. Van Buren St., Columbia City, has been going through struggles as the club’s membership and finances have suffered. The club has discussed selling the building previously.According to Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel, previous negotiations to purchase the property have fallen flat in the past. However, this latest attempt, which was approved Friday, began at the state level.“We were approached by the state-wide Eagles organization, because they heard there was some interest in the property,” Daniel said.Redevelopment Commission Chairman Carl Siler said the Eagles were closer to selling this time around.“They were more open to selling than they were last time,” he said. “Because of that, I think it put everybody in a better position to negotiate.”Columbia City’s Redevelopment Commission approved a purchasing range between $170,000 and $240,000. Before the sale can be finalized, the land has to be appraised by two commercial property appraisers. The average of those two appraisals will form the final sale price.To read the rest of this story, see the July 24 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.