POINT PLEASANT — An eyesore, which was once the home to businesses on Main Street, will be coming down next month.
Last week, officials from the City of Point Pleasant, along with business owners adjacent to the former Franklin Building, met with E&R Excavating Co. personnel out of New Haven to discuss the demolition of the structure owned by the city and a private individual. E&R had been awarded the contract to bring down the Franklin Building at 420/422 Main Street for $61,260. This price includes asbestos abatement which will be done by a subcontractor out of Belpre, Ohio.
Mayor Brian Billings said the date to bring down the structure is tentatively May 11 or May 12 and the entire process will take about five to seven days. Billings said the owners of Siders Jewelers, which sits next to the building, have allowed the city use of its parking lot, including a place to put the dumpster.
While the building is coming down, traffic will be stopped on Main Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets. Traffic will instead be detoured behind Peoples Bank and the Lowe Hotel, Billings said. In addition, Billings said not only were adjacent business owners contacted but the other nearby businesses on Main Street as well as the Mason County Health Department and law enforcement agencies, in relation to the demolition.
Billings said the lot should be completely cleaned and cleared off within that five-to-seven day span and afterwards, council has expressed an interest in placing some landscaping and a wrought iron fence in the space for now. The hope is that the space can eventually be developed by a business to contribute to the economic development of downtown Point Pleasant.
The City of Point Pleasant will be using funds from the USDA to assist in paying for the project. This is not a loan for the city, but free and clear funds in the form of an economic development grant to help pay for bringing down the structure — the owner of the former Wallpaper Outlet, which sits on one side of the former Franklin Building, will retain the deed to that specific property after the demolition.
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