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Three Commercial and Five Homes Set For Demolition in Salem

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The Salem City Council was updated Monday night on efforts to clear the community of substandard buildings.  

City Manager Bill Gruen announced demolition is expected later this week of the former hotel and pizza restaurant on East Main and Jefferson Street.  He reported the former Gas Point and Feed Store building in the 400 block of East Main have now been condemned with those with an interest in the property now being notified.  

The city is about to begin notification of surviving relatives of the owner of a substandard home at 1112 South Rotan so it can be torn down.  Gruen reports the city will also be working to tear down homes at 516 North College and 315 North Walnut, while the owners of property at 1105 East Lyford and 313 North Walnut will remove those structures.   

Code Enforcement Officer Bryan Hunt has $10,000 available in this year's budget for residential demolition.  "I would just like to thank all you guys for being very patient with me with this process.  It is not a quick process that can be done.  There are certain legal things that have to be done in order to get the demo orders done," said Hunt.  "I'm very pleased that it looks like we'll be able to get more houses torn down this year than last." 

Hunt says his first priority is tearing down the home at 1112 South Rotan due to its very poor condition.   

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