The historic Japanese tea house that has long stood in Uptown Westerville will be demolished next month, city officials said Tuesday.

The historic Japanese tea house that has long stood in Uptown Westerville will be demolished next month, city officials said Tuesday.

Westerville City Council on Nov. 15 unanimously approved a bid from Ours Excavating to demolish the Kyoto Tea House, located at 109 S. State St., and an adjacent residence at 20 W. Plum St.

The $63,580 cost includes the preservation of some of the mosaic tiles inside the former tea house structure, including a Mt. Fuji mosaic.

The two buildings, opened in the late 1950s, once housed a museum dedicated to Japanese culture.

Demolition is expected to last about one month, officials said.

The city is working with a committee and developers to create a redevelopment plan for the tea house site, although nothing has yet been finalized.

Westerville purchased the teahouse property in April 2010 before acquiring surrounding properties last fall.

The next council meeting is scheduled for Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., at City Hall, 21 S. State St.