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WATERTOWN — A deteriorating Public Square building that in recent years housed a series of Mexican restaurants soon may undergo major renovations.

Owner Vonnette Monteith, who has served in the military in Korea and now lives in Louisville, Ky., will be in Watertown June 13 to talk about her plans to restore the building at 63-65 Public Square.

She will get some advice from Donald W. Rutherford, CEO of the Watertown Local Development Corp., also known as the Watertown Trust, about her plans for the building’s restoration.

“She knows problems exist,” Mr. Rutherford told Watertown Trust members Thursday.

The building’s facade has been falling apart for some time, and there were some unspecified interior problems. Tenants are now renting the upper-floor apartments.

Most recently, Tico’s Mex Mex Grill operated in the storefront but closed two years ago and relocated to Great Bend. City Code officials said they did not close the restaurant or cite the building for code violations.

Ms. Monteith wants to enquire about possible funding, Mr. Rutherford said. She also intends to work with a local bank.

Before it was Tico’s, the building housed Sol Latino and Casa de Flor. For several years, it was Kegler’s Lounge and Restaurant.

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