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It’s been more than 90 days since the Taiwanese owners of the UMEC USA building in downtown Willmar received a city permit to demolish the structure after the City Council declared the building unsafe last February. UMEC’s electronics business left the building last September and the company has not responded to city inquiries about the company’s intent to address the building’s unsafe structural issues. Tribune photo by David Little

Lack of response from building owners frustrates city


WILLMAR — The city has been waiting for the past several months to hear whether the Taiwanese owners of the UMEC USA building in downtown Willmar will either demolish or make repairs to the deteriorating structure.

“We have had no response from the company as to what their plans are going to be,’’ said Bruce Peterson, director of planning and development services for the city of Willmar.

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David Little
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