"Nebraska City has many beautiful historic buildings. Some of them have been turned into quaint apartments for several families. Their upkeep, however, is difficult, because redoing electrical, heating, air conditioning and even the structure of the building is time consuming and expensive.

"Sometimes, property owners can't even find contractors to do the work, because many of the skills used to build large structures 100 years ago have been replaced or died from lack of need.

"Rebuild Otoe County... is the notion that these wonderful buildings can be renovated to be energy efficient with a little help from the state and federal government."

"Through the Looking Glass"
Patti Jo Peterson
Nebraska City
News Press,
February 19, 1999

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