The city will use part of its annual Community Development
Private insurance will pay for razing the other half of the double home, as well as an apartment building that burned at
Cusat admits the properties have been "an eyesore" since they burned in early
Had the city demolished the uninsured portion sooner, it would've had to spend significantly more money building temporary walls until the insured portion was torn down, he said.
The process was further complicated as the neighboring apartment building was insured by a different carrier, he said.
"The process took long," Cusat said. "They had different insurance companies, one home did not have insurance (and) with
The cause of the fire remains undetermined.
Officials ultimately got the property owners and insurance carriers to agree to have the city bid out demolition work -- and go along with the low-bidding company, Cusat said.
"That's what the big hold-up was," he said. "We're just glad it's going to come down."
City council will vote Wednesday on a resolution to allocate federal
Joseph Zeller III, director of recreation and economic development, said officials hope the project is completed "before the winter weather becomes unfavorable."
In other business, City Administrator
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