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CONSTRUCTION OF BUILDING: City RDC elects to demolish building

March 27, 2014

Columbia City’s Redevelopment Commission chose to have its building at the corner of Line and Van Buren Streets demolished. The building, formerly owned by the Eagles, was deemed irreparable and unsafe. Pictured above, the ceiling has fallen through, leaving standing water throughout the building. The RDC’s demolition project may be completed by Old Settlers Days, providing extra parking for those who attend.

COLUMBIA CITY — The building at the corner of Line and Van Buren Streets is expected to be a parking lot by June, officials say.

Columbia City’s Redevelopment Commission (RDC) purchased the building located at 306 W. Van Buren St. from the Fraternal Order of Eagles, which has since relocated to a building on South Main Street.

While the RDC hoped to utilize the building until the property was sold to a developer, plans were changed.

“The RDC decided it wasn’t economical or feasible to repair the building,” said Community Development Director Jeff Walker. “The roof is shot. We had to bring in electricians to disconnect certain wiring because water is leaking in the building.”

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