When they meet this evening, Leavenworth city commissioners could vote to purchase a downtown building with a collapsed roof.

When they meet this evening, Leavenworth city commissioners could vote to purchase a downtown building with a collapsed roof.

The proposed purchase of the property at 301 Delaware St. will be taken up during a special meeting that will follow a study session.

The building’s current owner, Triple R Properties, has agreed to sell the property to the city for $52,500. If the city purchases the property, the building will be demolished, according to information prepared for commissioners.

City Manager Paul Kramer said city officials are considering the purchase of the building for the purpose of blight removal with an eye toward economic development.

He likened the proposed purchase of the property to when the city purchased an old hotel building at Third and Delaware streets in 2013 and had the structure demolished. The city later sold the property to a developer, and a new hotel was constructed at that location.

The new hotel is located at the same intersection as the property at 301 Delaware St.

Kramer acknowledged that city commissioners could seek to have the building at 301 Delaware St. torn down as an unsafe structure without purchasing the property.

But Kramer said the lot could remain vacant for some time.

With the property in the possession of the city government, city officials would be “motivated to get it redeveloped quickly,” he said.

He said city officials began looking at the property before the building’s roof collapsed.

Kramer believes the property’s proximity to the new hotel and a recently refurbished cinema may make it an attractive lot for redevelopment.

He said the lot at 301 Delaware St. could be expanded for the right project because the city already owns land to the west of that site. The city-owned land currently is green space and includes a gazebo.

“There’s plenty of space there,” Kramer said.

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