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Sun March 7, 2010
Future of Keokuk's Arches in Question
Keokuk, IA – The former Green Tambourine building in downtown Keokuk collapsed on July 31, 2009. It took nearly six months for the clean-up process to get underway.
Crews worked at the site for a few weeks before the city put everything on hold. The decision came after a series of underground, brick arches were revealed.
What happens to that site is now in question.
Mike Foley of Montrose believes the site includes a connection to an underground tunnel. He believes the tunnel was dug many years ago and connects the Mississippi River and the intersection of 19th and Concert Streets.
A local effort is underway to preserve the site as green space. The development of an above-and-below ground park will cost several hundred dollars.
Mayor Tom Marion says the city has no money to put towards the project. He says the city would like to see a timeline for any potential preservation effort.
You can hear more on the future of the underground arches by clicking the audio link above.