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Crews are working to demolish the back half of the vacant building at 133 E. Mill St., salvaging what materials they can. The city took possession of the building after it went into tax foreclosure and the Redevelopment Authority is hoping removal of the tacked-on addition on the back of the building will make it more attractive to a potential buyer interested in restoring the historic structure. The RDA is also debating the fate of another vacant Mill Street building, 31 E. Mill St., also owned by the city. There was a potential buyer for that building about a year ago, but the deal fell through when the buyer determined the cost of renovating the building would be too great. City Administrator Brian Yerges told the RDA at their meeting Thursday that renovation of 31 E. Mill St. could cost an estimated $120,000 to $150,000. “The second floor apartment would not generate enough income to cover that cost,” he said, and city code prohibits residential use of the first floor. The RDA voted to list the vacant building for sale with a local realtor on a cash fee basis, with the provision that any renovation would have to meet guidelines set by the RDA to match the surrounding buildings. The group set a deadline of next July 1 for a sale of 31 E. Mill St. or else it will likely be torn down. Crews are working to demolish the back half of the vacant building at 133 E. Mill St., salvaging what materials they can. The city took possession of the building after it went into tax foreclosure and the Redevelopment Authority is hoping removal of the tacked-on addition on the back of the building will make it more attractive to a potential buyer interested in restoring the historic structure. The RDA is also debating the fate of another vacant Mill Street building, 31 E. Mill St., also owned by the city. There was a potential buyer for that building about a year ago, but the deal fell through when the buyer determined the cost of renovating the building would be too great. City Administrator Brian Yerges told the RDA at their meeting Thursday that renovation of 31 E. Mill St. could cost an estimated $120,000 to $150,000. “The second floor apartment would not generate enough income to cover that cost,” he said, and city code prohibits residential use of the first floor. The RDA voted to list the vacant building for sale with a local realtor on a cash fee basis, with the provision that any renovation would have to meet guidelines set by the RDA to match the surrounding buildings. The group set a deadline of next July 1 for a sale of 31 E. Mill St. or else it will likely be torn down.

Review photos byEmmitt B. Feldner Review photos byEmmitt B. Feldner

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