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New Platteville community garden approved
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The site of one of the Darrel Kallembach houses is being used as a community garden.

The Platteville Common Council May 12 unanimously approved using the lot at 160 E. Mineral St., across the street from Jenor Towers, for a four-plot community garden.

The original plan was for raised plots, but the city Parks, Forestry and Recreation Committee decided against raised plots because they were determined to be “unfeasible” this growing season.

Leases will be through Nov. 30.

The city will collect a $50 deposit per 32-square-foot plot, including $5 for water use. The rest of the deposit will be refunded if the lot is in good condition at the end of the growing season.

The lot is one of three the city decided against reselling when it purchased 15 of Kallembach’s properties at a 2013 sheriff’s sale. The others are on North Water Street and near the EMS garage.