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Potential remains at Maytag DMACC Campus One year after donation, opportunities linger

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Supervisors to discuss annex building Tuesday By Jamee A. Pierson Newton Daily News The topic of the Jasper County Annex Building is once again on the agenda for the Jasper County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Also on the agenda is a “basement top leak prevention” item regarding the annex building. The board has been reviewing the use of the annex building for almost a year. Several studies have been ordered requesting reports from Shive-Hattery engineering firm of Des Moines and Midwest Indoor Air Quality to gauge the building’s viability. Shive-Hattery has been tapped for two studies, one on the annex building’s exterior foundation which found persistent water infiltration throughout the entire foundation of the

By David Dolmage and Anthony Victor Reyes Newton Daily News Things are humming again at the old Maytag headquarters in Newton. While plenty of space remains unfilled at the 472,000 square foot facility just two blocks from downtown Newton, organizers are confident they can continue to attract new businesses to the area. Located on the northwest side of town, the former Maytag site is undergoing a renaissance thanks to a collaborative effort between the city of Newton and Des Moines Area Community College. The community college is working to attract new tenants to fill out Maytag’s former office space. When Maytag, ne Whirlpool, pulled up stakes and left town, developer Reza Kargarzadeh bought the Maytag campus for $1. After maintaining the buildings for years, Kargarzadeh donated the buildings to DMACC. The donation is worth about $9 million in real estate, structures, utilities and furniture and includes about 472,000 feet of office, industrial and residential space. Buildings 1, 2, 16, 17, 18, 20 and 50 joined the main DMACC building and the Career Academy as part of the college’s Newton presence. This month will mark the one year anniversary of that donation, and Kim Didier, the Executive Director of DMACC’s business resources division, is tasked with the challenge of finding new tenants to occupy space at the former Maytag location. Didier has a long history with the location, having previously worked for Maytag, as well as heading up the Newton Development Corporation, an organization which works to attract businesses to Newton. All told Didier has spent more than 18 years in Newton. Didier envisions striking part-

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building. The findings of the investigation were reported to the board at its June 26 meeting with recommendations including extensive excavation work to the building foundation. A specific area of concern are the building’s window wells, which the reported stated were starting to lean with some bricks beginning to fall out. It also said the existing window wells are deteriorating and bowing and need to be reconstructed as they are “unsafe and could collapse.” To address the issues, a complete excavation of the exterior foundation was recommended including the removal of the exterior stair tower, which could not remain in place for work to be completed. SUPERVISORS | 3A

Anthony Victory Reyes/Daily News Kim Didier, DMACC Maytag Campus executive director shares the floor plan of the former Maytag facility. The group currently seeks interested businesses to lease the empty buildings.

nerships between DMACC and local businesses that will give students an opportunity to “earn and learn.” She’s hoping to attract tenants like a restaurant or brewpub into the former Maytag company store that will give students in Newton an opportunity to participate in DMACC’s culinary programs without having to make the drive to Ankeny. “There’s plenty of space here, we’re hoping to collaborate with future tenants,” Didier said. Frank Liebl, the director of the Newton Development Corporation, share’s Didier’s vision. When Didier left to take her current position at DMACC, it was Liebl who stepped into her former role as head of the NDC. Liebl said he

believes the community has made tremendous progress since Maytag left town, and he pointed to all of the changes that are happening at Maytag’s former headquarters. Occupancy at the former plant, which is not part of the headquarters complex that was donated to DMACC, is at 60 percent now, and Liebl says he’s confident that Newton will continue to attract new employers to the community. “It was a blow to the community, we had three generations of families that worked at Maytag, but with the effort of a lot of people in the community we’ve been able to get those jobs back,” Liebl said. DMACC | 3A

File Photo The Jasper County Board of Supervisors is set to discuss the Jasper County Annex Building at its regular meeting on Tuesday.

Candidate Q&A: Holmes for At-Large council seat This is one of nine candidate profiles to be featured before the upcoming Nov. 7 city election in Newton. Matthew Holmes is one of five candidates running for the at-large city council seat. Name: Matthew Holmes Employment: Magnum Automotive Hometown: Powersite, Mo. (20 miles east of Branson) Years of Newton residency: 13 What do you feel is the

most important issue Newton will be facing during your term on the city council? It is hard to predict what issues are goHolmes ing to arise in the future. What I do believe will be important is making sure the city council and our city lead-

ers are as transparent as possible. I have heard concerns from many residents that they question the motives behind a significant amount of the council’s decisions. When the council is spending the taxpayers’ money, the taxpayers deserve the right and courtesy of knowing why the council is doing what they are doing. The citizens have the ability to go to newtongov.org and view the minutes of previous meetings to understand more, but

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made over not only the last four years but the last decade is showing its tenacity. The overwhelming ability of the people to take a punch in the gut with Maytag leaving years ago and continue to persevere and dig in to make this town as great as it is today. There is still a lot to be done but if we continue to work together we can grow and get better. I believe the greatest struggle we HOLMES | 3A

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they should be made as aware as possible ahead of time. They trust the council to do what’s in the best interest of the citizens so they should be made aware ahead of time to raise potential concerns. What do you think has been the biggest achievement for the City of Newton in the last four years and what do you think has been the greatest struggle? I believe the biggest achievement that Newton has

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