The Common Council voted 10-1 to retain ownership of the building instead of selling it to Affordable Senior Housing of Rhinelander for $1.55 million. Affordable had agreed to maintain the building for senior housing and remodel some apartments into assisted living units so people could continue to live there instead of moving elsewhere for care.
Discussion on sale of the building was moved up on the agenda to accommodate senior citizens, mostly from Edgewater, who attended the meeting instead of waiting until later, where it was originally scheduled.
Sadie Boehm, an Edgewater resident, said she felt there were two reasons behind the empty apartments in the facility, a filthy building and the proposed sale of the building. Workers were cut and the building became dirty, she said, and the office is seldom open so people who came to see a room couldn’t do so.