The location of the previous Me’n Stans Restaurant at 100 West Major Road in Rigby in October 2019. | Rett Nelson, EastIdahoNews.com file photograph
RIGBY – A constructing that sat vacant for years in downtown Rigby will quickly be torn down.
Brent Tolman, an administrator with the Rigby City Renewal Company, tells EastIdahoNews.com the construction previously occupied by the Me’n Stans restaurant can be demolished later this week.
“The intent is to take it down, clear up the lot and make it engaging to a brand new improvement,” Tolman says.
The constructing was such a situation that repairing it will have price greater than it’s price, he says.
“It appears to be like nice on the surface, however once we acquired into it, we discovered some asbestos and a few deterioration,” says Tolman. “There are areas that aren’t secure to stroll by due to collapse, so the company boarded it as much as maintain individuals out of it.”
He additionally says a tree was rising within the concrete pad behind the constructing.
The company can be submitting requests for proposals to pick “essentially the most applicable improvement for that website” as soon as the undertaking is full. A draft can be permitted at its subsequent assembly on Feb. 18.
The Rigby City Renewal Company purchased the Me’n Stans constructing and the vacant lot behind it from the earlier house owners final August. Tolman says they felt it was an excellent match for a rehabilitation undertaking.
Andrew and Jorelle McClellan purchased it in October 2019 after it had sat vacant for 2 and a half years. That they had been planning to lease it out as workplace house for different companies. Renovations shortly acquired underway, however security issues with the constructing mixed with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic introduced all the things to a halt.
Andrew and Jorelle McClellan renovating the basement of Me’n Stans in Oct. 2019. | Rett Nelson, EastIdahoNews.com
“Rigby City Renewal provided to purchase it every week after we purchased it,” says Jorelle. “We advised (them) no, after which they stored asking us for a few 12 months, and at last we simply determined to promote it.”
The closure of Me’n Stans in Could 2017 wasn’t meant to be everlasting, Donae Colborn, the son of the restaurant’s authentic proprietor, Stan Colborn, told us in 2018. When the town began eradicating road lights in reference to the Maverik gasoline station development, Stan, who was 82 on the time, made a split-second choice to completely shut down.
Me’n Stans has a protracted historical past in jap Idaho courting again 50 years in the past. The Jefferson Star reviews Stan Colborn first opened a Rexburg location in August 1969. The Rigby location opened someday within the Eighties after years of operation in St. Anthony, Jackson and West Yellowstone.
Major and State Road, the place the Rigby retailer sat, is an iconic location for longtime residents. Earlier than Me’n Stans, Walker’s Cafe occupied the house, and within the Twenties, it was dwelling to one of many largest shops within the space.
Probably the most requested new companies on the town during the last a number of years is a household diner. Though it’s too early to know what’s going to find yourself occupying this nook, Tolman says he’s trying ahead to seeing what sort of enterprise it attracts.
“I feel it’s going to be useful to the town of Rigby as soon as that nook is cleaned up and one thing new is constructed there,” says Tolman. “There have been some builders categorical curiosity within the property during the last month, however the company is just not on the level of getting into any negotiations with them (but). As soon as we put the proposal out, we’ll see what sort of responses we get again, and board members will decide.”