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The 'for sale' sign at the Newcomb Hotel property is gone. Was it sold?

Newcomb Fire
The Newcomb Hotel at Fourth and Maine was gutted in a Sept. 6, 2013, fire. The city took possession of the property, but has been unable to find a developer for the site. | H-W File Photo/ Phil Carlson
Phil Carlson
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jul. 26, 2017 12:01 am

In the past couple of years the city has had a "for sale" sign on the corner of Fourth and Maine. The sign has not been up for at least a month now. Does this mean the lot has been sold?

The lot on the southeast corner of Fourth and Maine where the former Newcomb Hotel stood has not been sold.

Chuck Bevelheimer, director of planning and development for the city of Quincy, said there is no news on the site, and the signs blows down every time there is strong wind.

The five-story Newcomb Hotel was a total loss after a five-alarm fire Sept. 6, 2013. The city immediately demolished the building and later cleaned up the property.

The city took possession from the previous owner, and only one proposal for the lot has been made public. An Iowa developer sought to build a new five-story mixed-use building called Newcomb Lofts, but negotiations with the firm and the city ended after the sides couldn't reach an agreement on incentives the city might provide.

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