Efforts to reconstruct the Riverside Roundhouse have run into a snag.
The building, used for decades as a Cedar Rapids farmers market, was dismantled by volunteers after the Floods of 2008 so the land could be used for the relocated National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library.
Alex Andersen, who is leading efforts to save the roundhouse, said the goal was to rebuild the structure on property next to Czech Village where homes were demolished after the flood. Parts of the building were moved nearby, on a site now owned by the city.
Czech Village merchants would like to use the building for festivals and other events.
Land that was promised by the city, however, hasn’t materialized, said Andersen, owner of Ernie’s Avenue Tavern, 69 16th Ave. SW.
“I wouldn’t have taken it down if they hadn’t promised us the property,” he said, noting that city officials told him to move the pieces off of the city-owned land by the end of the year.
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