Silo controversy

Old country road

March 29, 1990 — Garland Freeze’s dream epitomizes the adage that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

To Freeze, the old mill silos in Shenandoah are a landmark that need to be preserved. The site even has the potential to be an attraction for the town.

But to Shenandoah officials, the mill is a hazard and an eyesore. The town won a lawsuit that ordered the site razed.

Freeze, however, has thrown a monkey wrench in those proceedings. Using the same engineer that studied the mill for Shenandoah and helped the town win its lawsuit, Freeze has developed plans to convert the silos into 22 apartments.

Freeze, who has bought half interest in the property, claims that Bill Wise’s study of the mill states that the site is unsafe for heavy loads such as the storage of grain, but that the silos are sound for conversion to apartments.

“This thing is a landmark in the town and they’re trying to knock it down,” he said.

~ From the public archives of the Page News and Courier

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