SULLIVAN COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The city of Sullivan had big plans for the historic building that previously held the Bodine Law Office in downtown.
Knowing the building had some structural issues, city officials originally believed they could secure the back corner which had begun to deteriorate.
A contractor brought in to assess the building recommended a forensic engineer take a look at the brick which had been ruled as soft.
CLINT LAMB: “The city has taken absolutely every step possible to try a historic preservation of this building,” said Mayor Clint Lamb.
Unfortunately the age and condition of the bricks took a turn for the worse Wednesday afternoon and officials had to rule the building unsafe.
“With these things going on now, it looks like it’s probably going to have to come down,” explained Lamb.
The building sits on Court Street right next to City Hall and Followell Real Estate.
Resident Taylor Hayes was surprised to hear the status of the building, and she’s sad to see it come down.
“I hate to see them go. But when it becomes a safety issue then something has to be done about it,” she explained. “And I’m sure they’ll rebuild and once again it’ll be history to people later on.”
Due to current conditions, businesses near the building have been evacuated until demolition.
“Right now it is an unsafe structure,” said Lamb. “And we recommend that all motorists please try to avoid the area.”
Lamb explained there is no set date for demolition at this time.
“I don’t want to scare you to death and say this thing is going to fall over and hurt somebody tonight,” he said. “We’re doing everything in our ability to make sure that it is taken down in a secure manor.”