Harrison Township demolishes condos three years after being destroyed by 2019 tornadoes
The five condos were built in 1975. After the tornadoes, the damaged and vacant properties became an eyesore and were being used for shelter by homeless people.
Georgeann Godsey, a Harrison township trustee, said the homeowners association had canceled the insurance on the buildings without any notice to owners.
The owners then looked to FEMA for some kind of assistance, though the government agency declared the buildings a multi-family structure and were not able to help them, according to Godsey.
Godsey said the demolition could bring more development opportunities to the area.
“When you see buildings that are in that sort of shape, it's a very negative factor for your community,” she said. “And while it's not new construction, it is certainly going to improve the general feeling about the community.”
The construction company has until the end of the month to finish demolishing the buildings.
The five owners of the condos still have ownership over the land. The cost of demolishing the buildings will be assessed against the property taxes on the buildings, according to Godsey.
Alejandro Figueroa is a corps member with Report for America, a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms.