By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Still standing, for now

DNR rejects Hartley's grant application to demolish old theatre building


April 18, 2024


Workers remove asbestos and other hazardous material from the former Capitol Theatre building last August in downtown Hartley.

A dilapidated building in downtown Hartley will remain standing for at least another year.

Officials at City Hall this week learned that Hartley's application for a Derelict Building Grant to tear down the old Capitol Theatre was denied by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The DNR last year approved a $25,000 grant to remove asbestos and other hazardous material from the building, which had council members optimistic more funds would be allocated for its complete removal.

City Administrator Roxann Swanson applied for $75,000 in funding, the maximum amount allowed by the DNR.

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