January 19th, 2002


Podunk Center, Iowa, news item aired on WOI-fm


Jan. 18th, 2002

The Madison County Zoning Board last night approved a plan to revive Podunk Center, south of Winterset.

Thirty years ago, the original Podunk Center was destroyed by fire -- the grocery store, coffee shop and gas station were leveled -- only the motel remains.

Officials last night voted to re-zone the property from agricultural to commercial.

If the Supervisors give final approval next week, owner Sherron Garr, who works for Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, plans to recreate the historical restaurant.

Garr bought the property in the 1970s, when Podunk Center became a national icon.
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