- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2016

COTTER, Ark. (AP) - The city of Cotter will use a state grant to demolish a house located in its city park after a water line break flooded the building.

The Baxter Bulletin reported Friday (https://bit.ly/1U4X3Nl ) that the money needed to take down the former residence and commercial building will come from the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Program.

Cotter is among 13 communities sharing $125,000 worth of grants. The Spring House is located in Big Spring Park and has been vacant for more than a year.

Mayor Peggy Hammack said that if the city tried to renovate the building, it would have to deal with asbestos and lead paint. She said the city could replace the community building, perhaps with a replica train depot given Cotter’s history as a railroad town.

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Information from: The Baxter Bulletin, https://www.baxterbulletin.com

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