Unsafe building in Greenwood to be demolished

A Greenwood building that residents have complained about is set to be torn down.

Since this spring, residents have been filing complaints about the condition of a building along Smart Street, east of Madison Avenue and north of Main Street, Greenwood building commissioner Lowell Weber said.

While the home at 398 Smart St. is in good condition, another building south of the home, which may have been used for storage or as another residence, is in a state of disrepair, he said. The building has holes in the roof and is missing siding.

“It is unsafe, unsightly and it is not in repair for its intended use,” he said.

The previous owners of the property are deceased, and Weber hasn’t been able to get in contact with the current owners after posting signs at the property and sending letters.

The cost of tearing down the building isn’t known yet.

The city is waiting to get bids for the project, Weber said. The work will be paid for with funds set aside to demolish unsafe buildings, he said.

If approved by the board of public works and safety, demolition will take place in about two months unless the city reaches the owners to make the necessary improvements to the building, Weber said.

If the city pays for the demolition, a lien would be placed on the property to recoup the cost of the work.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at jtellers@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2702.