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|Abingdon Clears Way for South Main Street Demolition with Final Property Acquisition
|The Abingdon City Council is taking the final step in the process of acquiring the remaining properties slated for demolition in the city's downtown area.
The city council voted unanimously Monday night to pay $10,185 to complete the purchase of properties at 111, 113 and 115 South Main Street - known as the Sanders Building. The building is among the dilapidated structures the city wants to demolish because they are unsafe.
City attorney Jack Ball told the aldermen the move allows the demolition project to move forward once a state grant the city's been waiting for is finally approved.
"What this will now do is finalize everything so you're in a position to get the grant," Ball said. "The way you've been going before is you owned all of the properties except these three, if you will, but we can pursue and go forward on the grant application because we had a contract to buy the property and now this will solidify that and put you in a position you need to be so that if that approval comes through and the grant's yours they're ready to get going on demolition you're ready to go."
The grant, applied for through the Western Illinois Regional Council, is for up to $200,000. It would cover most, if not all of the cost of tearing the buildings down. Ball says the state waived virtually all of a lien it had on the property - over $100,000. The city is buying the building with money in its demolition fund that's already been budgeted.
Alderman Ronnie Steele says he's been approached by people who are interested in purchasing various items inside the buildings - things like windows, cabinets and lighting.
Ball says there might be a bid process for selling the contents of the buildings and he'll have more information at the next meeting in two weeks.
|10 06 09 by Newsroom
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