Second Street building demolished

A historic building at 211 N. Second St., one that’s been the subject of much public discussion for many years, was demolished on Wednesday by crews with Robinson Excavating. The 19th century building once housed part of the Bierhaus Brothers’ wholesale grocery business, which eventually grew to become Wabash Foods. City officials have for years expressed concern with its condition, even threatening to condemn it and tear it down. Until previously, it was owned by local resident David Blackburn. It was recently sold, city officials say, and the new owner is razing the building to make way for a parking lot to service a nearby apartment building. City inspector Brad Snider said the building was further damaged in a severe storm that tore through the area on April 8; he deemed it dangerous and issued the demolition permit, not requiring the measure to go before the city’s Historic Review Board for approval.

Second Street building demolished

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