Mayor considers legal action to clear dilapidated Sprague building

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 27 at 7:41 PM

SPRAGUE, Wash. -- Demolition work is still underway Thursday on a block in Sprague, Washington where a building partially collapsed in the summer of 2013.

Demolition contractors have made considerable progress since Wednesday as they continue to clean up debris from the building they tore down. However, the building that partially collapsed still has not been taken care of.

It has been nearly six months since the building partially collapsed after heavy rainfall. Building inspectors condemned it and a veterinary clinic next door. The owner of the clinic had insurance and it is paying for the building’s demolition and removal, but the owner of the partially collapsed structure did not have building insurance.

READ: Rain likely causes ceiling collapses at Sprague, Lind Elementary

Mayor John Eagleson said he would give the building’s owner a few days to come up with a plan to reduce rubble. He said the City could eventually take legal action and request a court order to have the building removed.

“The city upfront would have to bear the cost of that and then try to attach whatever liens they could to try to recoup the money spent towards that removal of abatement process,” said Mayor Eagleson.

The city’s Chamber of Commerce is working to bring more businesses and revenue back into town. The collapse forced four businesses to vacate the block.

READ: Sprague building collapse hurting nearby businesses

A gun show with 50 vendors is planned this weekend near city hall is one event it hopes will spark more business.

 

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