The BRITT Group held three successful fundraisers this summer - a $5,000 match challenge, pie and ice cream sales during RAGBRAI and a Golf Ball Drop Raffle.

These three fundraisers, along with additional donations, plus, a Hancock County Foundation Grant for $7,500, gave the BRITT Group the funds they need to have repairs done to the exterior west side (back wall) of the old bank building. Repairs began the week of September 18.

The group’s current plan is to continue to raise funds to repair the exterior north wall next.

Following that, the exterior east and south side of the bank will be repaired. The east and south sides are in remarkably good condition.

The large gray granite bottom slabs will be pointed and caulked as well as the remainder of these two sides wherever necessary, plus, a few other repairs.

These repairs will not include the windows. The windows will be replaced as a separated phase of the bank’s restoration, as will updating the south side basement entrance and front entrance.

The BRITT Group is also working to have a design developed to repurpose the interior as a the bed & breakfast/hotel.

Nothing can occur with the current door and window openings on the west side until a design is completed that includes where door and window openings will be located.

More will be shared with the public about interior plans in future updates.

While all this is going on, the BRITT Group is continuing to clean debris and remove old plaster from the interior of the building; will continue to hold fundraising events and is always happy to receive donations in any amount.

Restoring/repurposing the old bank is an ongoing project. As with any project of this magnitude the current plans will be updated as necessary.

In addition to helping make our Main St. more aesthetically pleasing, the bed & breakfast/hotel will make a significant contribution to the local economy.

Currently, anyone needing overnight public accommodations, in Britt, has to make a 20 - 50 mile round trip to/from Garner, Algona, Forest City, Clear Lake or Mason City.

The lack of public accommodations in Britt contributes directly to the economy of these cities. It’s been proven people tend to eat, shop and purchase gas in cities where they stay.

Donations to help save the old bank can be sent to THE BRITT Group, P.O. Box 93, Britt, IA 50423, or can be given to Jim Nelson, Laurie Eden, Carolyn Dekruif, Gary Gelner, Jeff Kudu, Connecticut Shorty, Garry Kerns, Skip Miller, or Allen Eden.

All donations are tax deductible.