Fredericktown residents may have seen several buildings being demolished over the last few weeks, two by city crews.
The first to come down was a multi-family home on Park Drive. This property was purchased by the city with funds from Prop P and was removed to make way for the upcoming public safety facility.
"With that building coming down it completed the whole block," Building Inspector Jeff Farmer said. "The fire department was even able to have some training events in the building before it was demolished. We did search and rescue, ventilation and all the usual training we would do in order to get the most out of the building before it was destroyed."
The second building the city brought down was on 133 S. Mine La Motte. This home, also known as the blue building, had experienced a fire in 2012 and has since been condemned.
"We couldn't take it down because it was so close to the other building that there was a fear of damaging it in the process," Farmer said. "Well that building, the Tinnin building, suffered from a fire earlier this year and suffered sever damage."
Farmer said the owner of the Tinnin building, also located on 135 S. Mine La Motte, contracted out and had the building safely brought down. This gave the city the opportunity it had been waiting for to bring down the blue building.
A third building located on the same street, at 129 S. Mine La Motte, also known as the old Highway Video store building, also suffered from fire damage in April but was not a total loss.
Both 129 and 133 S. Mine La Motte are scheduled to go up for sale on the courthouse steps at 10 a.m. Aug. 23 for unpaid taxes and demolition costs.
Lastly, demolition of the old IGA building located along West Main Street also began.
Victoria Kemper is a reporter for the Daily Journal. She can be reached at 573-783-3366 or at firstname.lastname@example.org