City purchases former Fuhs Pastry Shop building

Officials say the building is unsafe and will be demolished; adjacent lot also purchased

— Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Anne Blankenship The City Council approved the purchase of the former Fuhs Pastry Shop building at 605 Second St., along with the adjacent vacant lot. Plans call for the building to be demolished in the future.

A vacant former bakery in downtown Webster City that local officials say is unsafe will be eventually be demolished as a result of City Council action Monday.

The council purchased the old Fuhs Pastry Shop at 605 Second St. with the intention of demolishing it.

It was bought from Fuhs Pastry Shop LLC, of Webster City, for $1.

Also Monday, the council bought the vacant lot next to the old bakery at the intersection of Second Street and Willson Avenue for $11,995 from Big Dawg Investments LLC, of Webster City.

Both purchases were approved unanimously.

A schedule for the demolition job wasn’t announced Monday. City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez said the city staff is consulting with a structural engineer to determine the best way to demolish the building without damaging any of the surrounding buildings.

He said the vacant lot was purchased so that it can be accessed during the demolition job. Equipment will probably be positioned there duringthe demolition, he said.

He said in the future it would be ”probably advantageous” to package the vacant lot with the site of the old bakery after it is demolished and then offer it to developers.

The Fuhs Pastry Shop closed on Dec. 31, 2014. But there were problems with the structure before that date. The conditions were bad enough that city officials posted signs outside of the building in 2013 bearing the words ”Enter at your own risk.”

Ortiz-Hernandez said the exterior wall on the building’s east side is badly deteriorated. What appears to be part of a floor joist protrudes from the wall.

Inside, the building is in disrepair and Ortiz-Hernandez said the problems aren’t just cosmetic. He said there are structural deficiencies in the building’s interior.

After closing the sale, city officials will wait for the structural engineer’s recommendations before proceeding with the demolition.