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City seeking bids to tear down 133-year-old former Longhorn

After an interior wall collapsed, Longhorn Bar owner Jason Bates was told he was uninsured. (Chris Huber/Republic)

The old Longhorn Bar building has stood in downtown Mitchell since 1879.

But under the current plan, 2013 will be the final year in existence for the oldest building in the city.

The city of Mitchell is seeking bids to demolish the old Longhorn Bar building and a second building on the lot at the corner of First Avenue and Main Street.

McGannon said the city is advertising for bids. A legal notice will be placed in The Daily Republic in the next few days announcing details of the process.

He said the building, which closed as a bar in November 2011 after a partial collapse, should be removed by spring.

"I would guess by April," McGannon said.

The Longhorn Bar was relocated across Main Street after the collapse. What to do with the decaying structure was a frequent topic at City Council meetings.

The city took possession of the buildings and lot when the buildings' owner, Jason Bates, could not afford to have the building repaired or removed.

Bates remains embroiled in a dispute with his former insurer, which claims coverage on the building lapsed when Bates bought the building from his father.

McGannon said he's unsure what will be placed on the lot after the old bar is removed.

"Something to beautify that corner of downtown," he said. "The council will have to decide that."