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Published January 18, 2013, 08:55 PM

Valley City is trying everything to save the local auditorium

Valley City, ND (WDAY TV) -- Valley City is doing everything it can to save a 76 year fixture in the town, but the costs of keeping the building are beginning to add up.

Valley City, ND (WDAY TV) -- Valley City is doing everything it can to save a 76 year fixture in the town, but the costs of keeping the building are beginning to add up.

Leaders thought they had a perfect plan, until it recently fell through.

A Valley City businessman had plans to turn the auditorium into apartments,

its was going to be sweet, roughly a one million dollar renovation, a new revamped look to a historic building right along the river, but the fact it's right along the river ended up killing the plan.

"It's disappointing but we're looking at other ways we can go forward with this."

City Administrator Dave Schelkoph grew up in Valley City.

Schelkoph: "I remember growing up and playing basketball and wrestling tournaments and everything else in that building it used to be the focal point."

And can you just imagine what could have been done in renovations toward apartments?

The basement is in the flood plain, and the law states you can only renovate up to 50-percent of the property's worth. An assessment just came back $178,500. Renovations would have been around a million dollars.

What has leaders worried, this is too rarely the scene in this gym, the special Olympics today but the schedule is no where near booked, and it costs $25,000 - $30,000 dollars for upkeep and heating each year.

"And the history behind this building in Valley City, it would be a crying shame if we had to tear it down."

The city council has not taken action on its next move. There's talk of a joint agreement with residents that could get the facility more use, or looking at ways to get it out of the flood plain and getting the apartment plan back on track.

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