WILLMAR -- Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota is examining the potential acquisition and rehabilitation of the John's Supper Club building in downtown Willmar for office space.
The intent by LSS to explore how the building could be economically converted for use as office and service space was made known this week in a letter sent by LSS Vice President of Finance Kenneth Borle to Randy Kardell, city building official.
The building at the corner of Third Street and Benson Avenue Southwest is owned by Paul Kidrowski of Willmar. Last November, the City Council gave Kidrowski a 45-day extension of the council's deadline to have plans prepared for repairing the fire-damaged building.
In his letter, Borle said he understood the city wants Kidrowski to make repairs or have the building torn down. But Borle asked the city to withhold any adverse actions regarding the property until LSS completes its analysis.
The council received and approved Borle's request Tuesday night.
LSS presently has a Willmar office located at 1601 U.S. Highway 12 E. The Tribune called the Minnesota LSS headquarters in St. Paul where an employee said the John's Supper Club building would be used for additional office space, but referred further questions to Borle, who was out of the office until today.
Willmar City Administrator Michael Schmit said the council's action gives Kidrowski until May 15 to have his renovation plans and building permits prepared.
The building dates back to the late 1880s and was used for a variety of purposes including a long-time restaurant. The building was damaged by fire on May 15, 2001.