The Knox County Commissioners — who would like to empty and raze the old leaky records library at 820 Busseron St. — have put their plans on hold, for now.
Commission president Trent Hinkle was slated to go before the Historic Review Board Tuesday, seeking their approval for the demolition of the building, but that item was struck from the agenda at the start of the meeting.
“That item is no longer on the table,” said HRB president Tim Trotter, noting that he asked the commissioners to hold off on the move so that more information could be gathered.
“I asked them to hit pause because we want to go look at the building and get more in-depth information before moving forward,” Trotter said. “They’re getting their ducks in a row and then we may revisit this later.”
Razing that structure has long been on the commissioners’ to-do list. With the help of county clerk David Shelton, all of the records stored there should soon have a new, more adequate home in the courthouse.
But while that major undertaking is on hold, HRB members did approve a request from the county for new roofing at the courthouse annex, located at 608 Busseron St.
In other news, board members approved the installation of a new wooden privacy fence at 612 Shelby St., which the homeowner says now feels more important than ever after her family was witness to a shooting that took place at southeast corner of Seventh and Shelby streets Monday night.
“We need to have a little privacy, especially after what happened last night,” said homeowner Shayelan Lukens. “Some guy got shot in front of our house — my fiancé was standing in that very spot just seven minutes before.”
Originally, Lukens says she applied for approval of the fencing for typical reasons, such as the general well-being and safety of her children and pets, but Monday night’s events have left some lingering fears.
“We stood there and watched it right out the door, and my kids are terrified now,” she said.
The HRB also approved a request for replacement windows at 402 N. Second St.
Building owner Mike Quinett says he plans to install approximately 25 windows at the historic John Hoffman & Sons building, which currently serves as a storage facility.
The old painted sign on the side of the brick exterior has long been a popular stop for photos, and the owner says he’s happy to put forth the effort to add value to the structure.
“Kids even come have some of their senior pictures taken their — we probably have 10 or 12 a year who have their photos taken by that sign. Once the Lincoln football came to do that,” said Quinett.
The owner says he is making plans for other improvements in the near future, likely to include a new roof.