|Northwood updated on mall status|
|Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Tuesday, 29 October 2013 10:04|
NORTHWOOD – The city administration is preparing to take matters into their own hands concerning the demolition of the dilapidated Woodville Mall.
City Administrator Bob Anderson said that council was updated on the progress of the demolition at Thursday’s regular meeting by City Attorney Brian Ballenger. The site has been closed since 2012, and a court order issued this summer established a timeline for the building to be taken down by the owners, Ohio Plaza Shopping Center LLC.
City council may be asked to let the city take the lead on demolition plans and approve posting a bid package to do the work.
While fencing was put up at the site, and asbestos removal has started, Anderson said that a “demolition plan which they (the owners) submitted two days before the deadline of Sept. 30 consisted of about five sentences.”
He said that the owners have not yet complied in the submission of a more detailed plan.
The entire 90-acre complex along Ohio 51, according to the court order, is to be demolished by May 2, 2014.
Anderson indicated that, in the meantime, City Engineer Dave Kuhn has been asked to put together a bid package to bid out the demolition of the mall, and the city will then advertise for bids and award them.
“Unless, of course, and this would be the best scenario, the owner gets back involved and does what we believe they need to do, and the owner tears it down,” said Anderson.
“We’d still like the owner to tear it down. It’s not the government’s job to be doing this.”
Since its closure, the mall has been the subject of theft and vandalism incidents, including at the demolition site.
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