Zandt Building repairs in process

Crew members work in a labyrinth of scaffolding late last week replacing stone block on the Zandt building.

The contractor hired to repair the Zandt building in Flandreau’s downtown is making progress putting the collapsed wall back together.
“Things are really going well,” said Dave Obenauer, owner of High Rise of Sioux Falls. He and those working on the building with him are resetting stone blocks that have fallen or failed when the outer wall started collapsing in March. A second set of blocks fell July 4 before Obernauer was hired by building owner Jim Zandt to repair the property.
He gave city council members an update at the Aug. 6 meeting.
Obernauer’s crew removed block from the north side of the building, shored up the building and secured the southwest corner. The corner is starting to close back together again, he said.
“The hardest stuff is done,” he said. “We haven’t run into anything unexpected.”
Joists will be set back on the block, and the building will be rebuilt like it was originally constructed, he said. The owner will need to replace windows, he said.
“I just want to say, ‘thanks for giving us a shot,’” Obenauer said. “The building will look nice when we’re done.”

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