By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Step by step

Downtown Hartley buildings inch closer to complete removal


August 31, 2023


Rubble from the back garage at the former Create-A-Craft building is piled on Tuesday afternoon.

Progress took the form of demolition this week in downtown Hartley.

A crew from Schmillen Construction tore down the garage in the back of 170 S Central Ave., on Tuesday. Across the street at the old Capitol Theatre, a crew from Site Services, of Algona, began removing all asbestos-affected material from the building's interior.

Eventually, the building at 170 S Central Ave., which formerly housed Create-A-Craft, will be demolished. Hartley officials hope the theatre can be removed next year.

Hartley City Administrator Roxann Swanson said demolition of the former Create-A-Craft building wou...

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