Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, May 14, 2001

Old Winsted city hall sold, to be restored

By Patrice Waldron

Winsted City Council approved the sale of the historic Winsted City Hall building at its May 1 meeting.

The decision to either preserve or demolish the structure has been the ongoing debate over the past couple of years.

The building was sold to Todd and Kelly Colonna of Le Sueur for one dollar.

The couple has extensive knowledge in building restoration. They plan on restoring the outside of the building to look as it did when it was first built.

On the inside of the building, they plan to remodel the second floor to be used as residential space, with the ground floor to be converted into commercial space.

The sale of the property is contingent on an agreement between the Colonnas and the city, which will cover details such as what would happen if the Colonnas sell the building, the restoration could not be completed, a general time line for restoration, and more.

The document will protect the city's interest in the building, and give guidelines to the buyer.

The Winsted Preservation Society members present at the meeting expressed approval of the plans.

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