By BOB SHRALUKA
A dilapidated home in Decatur is due to come down Thursday, resulting in the evacuation of two nearby homes and the closing of a street.
Building/Zoning Superintendent Curt Witte told the city’s board of works and safety at its meeting Tuesday night that Advanced Demolition Services would begin that morning to demolish the structure at 133 N. Eighth St.
The takedown is likely to be completed in just one day, but the cleanup and removal of the debris that’s left will take longer, Witte said
The building going down is only some eight feet from a home to its south (see photo). And it’s not all that far from a home to the north, on the corner of Eighth and Monroe streets.
Fearing the closeness of the demolition, residents of the other two structures will be asked by Witte’s department to leave until the crumbling home is down. “We don’t want them in there,” Witte told the board.
Eighth St. will closed from Monroe St. to Madison St.
The demolition was delayed by the discovery and removal of asbestos in the basement. That $1,300 cost drives the total price for the work to $20,261.
The city will send the bill to the building’s owner, CONNEX of Huntsville, Alabama.