Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

May 17, 2013

No change in building recommendation

Steve Woodhouse
Journal-Express

Knoxville — As of Friday afternoon, Knoxville City Manager Harold Stewart said his recommendation to the City Council to accept ownership of 110 East Robinson has not changed.

The building owner, Susan Vincent-Lewis, offered to sign the condemned building, damaged in a March 25 arson fire, over to the City. The City would incur demolition costs. The building must be torn down before adjacent property owners can attempt to repair their buildings. 

Stewart told the Journal-Express that the title was being examined by the City's attorney Friday morning to investigate whether or not significant liens against the property exist. If there are no such liens, or minimal liabilities attached, Stewart will recommend the council accept ownership of the building.

A test to see whether or not the building contains asbestos has not yet been performed. Asbestos must be removed before the building can be demolished. The owner has a single estimate of $60,000 for demolition costs. That figure will be higher if asbestos is found.

Action on the transfer of ownership is expected at the Monday, May 20, council meeting. It will begin at 6:15 p.m. in the council chambers at Knoxville City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.