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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Another building demolition planned downtown

  • Another building in the 200 block of Broadway in Hannibal is ticketed for demolition, but this time it’s the building’s owner, rather than the city, who is spearheading the work.
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  • Another building in the 200 block of Broadway in Hannibal is ticketed for demolition, but this time it’s the building’s owner, rather than the city, who is spearheading the work.
    Earlier this year 213 Broadway was torn down. Next to come down will be 227-229 Broadway.
    “It has some pretty severe structural problems in it and the owner has decided instead of fixing it to go ahead and take it down,” said Joey Burnham, city building inspector.
    According to Burnham, the building is owned by John Briscoe, who has made arrangements to have the three-story structure at Third and Broadway razed.
    The condition of the building took a turn for the worse this spring, reports Burnham.
    “Maybe a year ago we saw a crack on the back of the building, but it wasn’t severe, just a big crack like most of these old brick buildings get,” he said. “About a month ago some bricks actually fell off the front of the building and when we were looking at that, we went around to the rest of it and we noticed the crack had gotten a lot larger. We went in and looked at it and it has some severe structural problems on the back side of the building. It would cost more to repair the building than it would to demolish it.”
    While empty now, the building had served as the home of Plowman & Associates Realtors for decades.
    “Since Sue Giroux moved out the building is not being used,” said Burnham. “She had been there for like 30 years.”
    Plowman is now located at 2309 Broadway
    The Chocolate House Recording Studio had at one time operated in the 229 storefront.
    According to Burnham, the building’s upper floors have not been utilized in years.
    “It’s in really bad shape upstairs,” he said.
    At the May 6 meeting of the Hannibal Building Commission, Councilman Barry Louderman requested that barricades be put up out of concern over the southwest corner of the building.
    “I’m afraid it will be in Third Street,” said Louderman of the structure.
    Briscoe has complied with the city’s request and has put up barrels along the Third Street sidewalk.
    The city has not set any deadlines regarding the work.
    “We didn’t give him a time line,” said Burnham. “We sent them a letter about a month ago and they have been making progress on it. They’re in communication with this department. I don’t know when they’ll start, but it will be pretty soon.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Burnham suggested that the removal of asbestos from the structure could be a reason the demolition has not yet begun.
    “They’ve had the asbestos inspection. If there’s asbestos in it, whenever they get that abated then they’ll begin demolition of the building,” he said.
    As of earlier this week the city permits necessary to undertake a demolition had not yet been secured.
    “They won’t do that (get the permits) until they know exactly when they’re going to start,” said Burnham.
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