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St. Joe’s update coming Tuesday

By:  Matt Milner OTTUMWA — Most city council meetings don’t draw large crowds, but the one next Tuesday just might. One of the focuses for the meeting is the renovation of the old St. Joseph Hospital. Blackbird Investments announced plans to convert the facility into about 70 apartments and addressed the city last May. The…

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Council passes budget, hears Blackbird update

By:  Matt Milner OTTUMWA — Mayor Tom Lazio told council members Tuesday conversations with Blackbird Investments lead him to believe the company remains committed to renovation of the former St. Joseph Hospital. The long-stalled project seeks to transform the hospital into up to 70 apartments. Work was supposed to begin last year. But construction estimates…

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