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Study will assess situation of two historic Butte buildings

Published On: May 02 2013 06:16:42 PM MDT   Updated On: May 02 2013 06:44:27 PM MDT
BUTTE, Mont. -

Butte Commissioners could be just weeks away from making a decision on the future of the historic Brincks building and the building right next door to it.

Wednesday night commissioners agreed to buy the Deluxe Building next door for $40,000, because they said the Brincks is deteriorating, fast. It shares a wall with the Deluxe, so if the Brincks collapses the Deluxe could go with it. The city said it's less of a liability to own both.

Now the city has hired a Billings firm to conduct a structural analysis to figure out just where these buildings stand -- and where they could be headed.

"The structural analysis is probably the most important part," said Butte-Silver Bow Chief Executive Matt Vincent. "That will give also an idea of how much money you would have to put into these buildings if they were to be saved."

He said after that structural analysis is done, commissioners will take a look at what's possible in moving forward. He said they could make a decision on what to do with the buildings as early as their May 15 meeting.