On Monday morning, workers could be seen carrying boxes out of the Vac-Shop, 209 Broadway.

On Monday morning, workers could be seen carrying boxes out of the Vac-Shop, 209 Broadway.


“No, just cleaning up,” said Linda Kane, owner of the business which has been a part of the Hannibal business community since 1983.

While Kane has operated at 209 Broadway for seven years, that could be changing. The owner of the building that Kane’s business occupies, George Dodge, has been notified by the city that he has 45 days to stabilize the building. In the meantime, current occupants need to “vacate the building,” according to Building Inspector Joey Burnham.

All that came as news to Kane, who as of Monday morning had not been contacted by Dodge.

“I’m sure he won’t send me a letter until he absolutely has to,” she said.

Kane is not surprised there are concerns regarding the building.

“All I’ve heard is what people have told me. I don’t really know anything,” she said.

What has Kane heard?

“That if the beauty shop (in 211 Broadway) goes this one will probably go, too. But I don’t know how true it is. I do know that they came in and inspected it and said that was probably true,” she said. “My understanding is they’re going to try and stabilize this building.”

Kane doesn’t like the idea of having to move again.

“I’d probably close,” she said. “Business has not been that great the last few years. I’d probably try to get somebody to buy my inventory in town to continue to take care of people. I have people every day thank me for being here. It’s just not a profitable enough business.”

Contacted in Columbia, Mo., Dodge was surprised by the letter, which he received on Monday.

“I had my own engineer come in and he said I had no problems in 209,” he said, adding that “some years have passed” since that inspection was conducted.

Dodge plans to come to Hannibal either late this week or early next week to meet with Burnham and inspect his building.

“I’ll see what needs done, if anything needs to be done,” he said. “It does concern me. I’ll get over there and try to assess the most economical way to deal with the situation.”

Even before arriving in Hannibal, Dodge already has a possible course of action in mind.

“The building’s second story not worth anything. I’m thinking of tearing it off and solving the problem real quick,” he said.

Before pushing ahead with his removal of the second floor, Dodge plans on talking with the owner of the building just west of his at 211 Broadway – Cindy Benjamin. Benjamin has received a stabilization notice comparable to Dodge’s.

“I need Cindy to go along with that, otherwise if I remove my second floor what happens to her upper wall?” said Dodge. “I don’t know how bad hers is. Maybe if we take the upper stories off of both we’ll never have to hear about it again.”

A phone message left for Benjamin Monday afternoon was not returned.