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Stevens Point razes century-old Eagle Plumbing building

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) — A century-old building has been demolished in Stevens Point, despite community efforts to keep the landmark standing.

City crews began razing the former Eagle Plumbing building this week. It was built in 1908.

The building escaped razing twice before. But it couldn’t survive after developers, who planned to turn the site into an apartment complex, failed to come up with the necessary money to save the building.

Community members and a historic-preservation commission worked to keep the building standing. They include architect Tom Brown, who said it was a sad day when the demolition began. He said people will feel regret when there are no longer any buildings of historical significance left.

Public works director Joel Lemke told the Stevens Point Journal he understands the disappointment but his workers are just following orders.

Information from: Stevens Point Journal, http://www.stevenspointjournal.com

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