The building has been a nuisance since the 1990’s. It’s been the scene of several fires and vandalism incidents through the years. Councilman Dave Butterbaugh said Wednesday it’s a classic example where and out-of-town owner buys a building and then fails to rehabilitate it.
Butterbaugh says its not just county taxpayers getting stuck with the estimated $250,000 demolition costs.
The city has liens filed against the property. Manager Joe Weakland says the city has recovered some of its cost through selling salvaging scrap from a collapsed part of the structure.