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MASON CITY, IA – Renovating the Will F. Muse center to make way for a new Mercy clinic may be a convenient option for some, but for the non-profits currently in the building, it’s a tough to fathom.
The center which was given as a gift to the Mercy foundation from its previous owner will have to remove any current tenants not under a long term lease, a move that leaves only one organization left in the building.
This means KCMR radio General Manager, Bill Schickel, has to do much more than run a radio station these days. Now he’s looking for a place to move the station.
“We understand when there’s a change in the ownership, that we may have to seek a new location and so that’s what we’re doing,” said Bill.
KCMR is only one of six area businesses preparing to leave for renovation of the new site.
While their confident the community will be there for them during this transition, there are some challenges they will have to face.
“We’re not like other offices that can just pick up and move. We have engineering considerations like moving the tower and building new studios. We also need approval from the federal government,” says Bill.
Shickel says the biggest concern however was the lack of notice which to some came as a surprise.
“Well I was very surprised; this studio in the Will F. Muse Community center has served the needs of both our radio station and the other non-profit organizations in this building very well,” said Bill.
One organization however is able to maintain business as usual. Charlie Brown preschool and child care has a lease with the prior owner that will be honored.
“I can’t speak for the rest of them as to why. I know they were offered their lease about a year ago. I have to assume they chose not to sign that lease,” said Don O’Connor, Charlie Brown Board President.
Since they signed a new lease prior, Charlie Brown and the children they serve will not have to move, but for the other tenants, it might be time to start searching.
“We’re a community radio station and so we’re seeking the help of the community in finding a new location,” said Bill.