Post office project nears start; completion set for summer

Papers were signed Sept. 19, finalizing the transfer of the property at First and Main from the Hillsboro Kiwanis Club to Scott Warren, the developer chosen for Hillsboro’s new post office.

Construction should begin in January and be completed sometime in summer 2001.

The closing of the deal climaxes several years of hard work on the part of many Kiwanis members.

According to Kiwanis treasurer John Ryding, “Dean Schroeder was a member of the club, and he got the railroad to agree to sell us the land to use as a park.”

Ryding said the club heard about the post office project, and decided to try to make the land available for the new building.

“They were looking for a place, and we just figured that there weren’t that many places (in town),” Ryding said.

The sale of the land generated a $40,000 profit for the Kiwanis Club, which they will use for public service projects.Ryding said the board of directors would decide where the money would be allocated.

Incoming president Andy Shewey said Kiwanis had typically emphasized youth projects.

At present, Ryding said the club had not committed the money to any particular cause.

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