Property maintenance code in effect in Mt. Vernon, buildings set for demolition | News
MT. VERNON, IN (WFIE)- Downtown Mt. Vernon will look a little different in coming months as some historic buildings are set to come down.
Buildings between 2nd and 3rd Streets in downtown Mt. Vernon are severely rundown and have been for some time.
City council just gave the 'ok' to demolish the properties. Back in March, Mt. Vernon passed a new maintenance code allowing them to crackdown on dilapidated commercial properties and they've now completed the process of notifications and hearings.
The Building Commissioner says the storefronts have sat unused since they were purchased back in 2006.
"People are embarrassed about the look of our downtown. At this point, we have no other choice. The property owner is not going to go forward with bringing them up to code or tearing them down. Now we have no other choice but to move forward with that and that's what we intend to do," says Sherry Willis.
The property owners has until the beginning of August to demolish it themselves. After that, the city will do it, but the owner will be responsible for paying all demolition costs.
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