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Fate of old opera house likely sealed

Pictured is the old opera house building at 2105 Forest. The owners are pondering what to do with the crumbling structure – stabilize it or raze it.

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At its March 17 meeting, the Great Bend City Council gave the owners of the old, crumbling opera house at 2103 Forest until April 21 to hire a contractor to fix the historic structure or raze it.
Time was about to expire Monday when City Inspector Lee Schneider heard from local contractor Andy Mingenback of Brentwood Builders. Mingenback had been retained by David and Barbara Pitcock to evaluate the building.
However, Mingenback was at the Council’s meeting Monday night and said he has advised the Pitcocks that the cost to stabilize the opera house may be more than they ...

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