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Multiple Buildings to be Demolished in Prairie Township
WEST FRANKLIN COUNTY (Terri Sullivan/Kate Liebers) -- Prairie Township officials are taking action with the owner of 15 dilapidated buildings.
Officials have given the real estate company three options: sell them, tear them down, or have the township demolish them down for you.
The buildings are south of Broad Street, west of Georgesville Road and east of I-270.
The owner, Matrix Real Estate Company, recently put the buildings on the auction block, where they have two top bidders.
But no matter who wins, the demolition date is December 17.
A big X now marks the 15 buildings that are all boarded up and uninhabitable.
Most people moved out after a fire back in 2004 killed 10 people who were trapped inside, three of whom were children.
No one was ever charged in connection to the arson, but the township has taken steps to prevent similar fatalities.
Prairie Township now has a building department and a fire marshal and, over the summer, declared the 15 buildings structurally unsound. Next, they declared to demolish the buildings by Dec. 17.
We had two options at our last meeting, Prairie Township Trustee Steve Kennedy said.
One resolution would be to declare the building structurally unsound. The second (resolution) was to come to an agreement so we could get both the current owners and any future owners come to an agreement that the buildings come down by December 17.
These 15 buildings are solely in Prairie Township, but a few others in the complex are located in Franklin and Prairie Townships.
Kennedy says the future of those buildings will be worked out at a future date.