- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) - The city of Ottumwa’s cemetery board is getting out of the real estate business.

The Ottumwa Courier reports (https://bit.ly/1TI0tkS ) that the board is selling houses it had rented for decades.

The houses were bought in the 1970s as part of a cemetery expansion plan. But the city soon realized it had enough cemetery space without tearing down the houses.

Ottumwa Parks Director Gene Rathje says the city has already sold a house at 317 E. Park Ave. Now, it’s looking to sell others.

That includes a 1930 home at 343 E. Park Ave., distinctive for southwestern style. Rathje said the home will be listed Monday at $70,000.

Rathje says the board hopes to build a new cemetery office and shop space with the profits from the home sales.

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Information from: The Ottumwa Courier, https://www.ottumwacourier.com

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