Fire-damaged structures coming down

Two vacant buildings on Reynoldsburg’s  Main Street that were destroyed by a fire in May will be

demolished during the next two weeks.

Scheduled to be taken down are the vacant commercial building controlled by the city located at 7336 E. Main St., and its adjacent building, the former Dance One building. Both structures caught fire May 19 and have stood since, waiting to be demolished.

The demolition is scheduled to take place during the morning of Sept. 24, with two westbound lanes of Main Street from Jackson to Lancaster streets closed from approximately 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In the case of inclement weather, or unforeseen circumstances, the demolition will take place Sept. 26.

At the Sept. 15 special meeting, Reynoldsburg City Council appropriated $20,000 to remove asbestos from the 7336 E. Main St. location and $8,800 for the demolition.

North American Environmental Services began removing the asbestos Sept. 17, a process that was expected to take about a week.

Following the demolition, removal of the debris would take another one to two weeks, with the project completed by the first week of October, Acting Safety and Service Director Pam Boratyn said.

The city took control of the 7336 E. Main St. property Aug. 1 after the steps to demolish the building weren’t being taken, Boratyn said.

Since then, the city has been working with the Environmental Protection Agency on an agreement on how to remove the asbestos and safely demolish the building.

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