The first of four condemned buildings was demolished Monday morning. Three more demolitions are on track to take place through the week.
The first building razed was located at 855 S. Main St. The property recently was acquired by the city due to unpaid taxes by the previous owner. Building Inspector Jeremy Crowe said the building had been condemned for many years.
He added the next steps for the property are grading, seeding and strawing. In the near future, Crowe added that the property will be auctioned off.
120 N. Frisco St.
In August, the St. Clair Board of Aldermen deemed a building dangerous located at 120 N. Frisco St. During the hearing, Crowe said the building is in poor living condition with leaning walls, rotting floors, outdated electrical fixtures, unclean sinks, vanity, bathtub and toilet. The cost to fix the building would exceed 50 percent of the value of the building, according to Crowe, which is the limit under the code of ordinances.
The demolition of the building was set for Tuesday, Jan. 29.
1285 Weatherford Ave.
At a July 2 show-cause hearing, the board deemed the structure at 1285 Weatherford Ave. as dangerous.
During the show-cause hearing, Crowe said the floors of the building are rotted, there is a leaky roof, walls are deteriorated, there are holes in the drywall, interior plumbing is not up to code and more.
The demolition of the building was scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 30.
20 Rear Hibbard
The board voted in favor of ruling a building as dangerous located at 20 Rear Hibbard St. during a show-cause hearing Nov. 5.
A building inspection worksheet dated May 31, 2016, states that the interior walls of the residence are leaning/buckled, there is 33 percent or more damage/deterioration of the supporting members, there is 50 percent or more damage/deterioration of the outside walls;
The residence is a safety and health hazard, the residence fails to provide essentials for decent living and is unfit for human habitation, the light, air and sanitation facilities are inadequate, there are inadequate fire escapes;
There are attached parts that may fall/cause injury, the roof is not firm, inside/outside stairways, halls, walkways are not in a good state of repair, and the electrical service does not meet minimum code requirements.
The inspection also notes that the interior upper and lower walls show signs of sagging due to damage by the supporting beams in one area of the building. The exterior walls show signs of damage and decay including porch columns and structural components. Columns and floor joists under an area of the building are rotted, according to the inspection.
Additionally, there are cracked spots in the foundation and there is missing mortar between supporting stones around the structure. The basement has a strong sewage gas smell and is full of debris, according to the inspection. It also states that there are many electrical hazards in and around the building.
The roof was noted in the inspection that it is in extremely poor condition with leaking areas. The inspection also states that the drywall is damaged in rooms due to roof leaks and ceiling drywall is coming loose, in addition to several other areas of concern.
The demolition is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 31.
Asbestos analyses have been completed on all of the mentioned properties, and a demo notification and permits by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources have been obtained.
Correction: A previous version of the story had the incorrect address for 855 S. Main St. The St. Clair Missourian regrets this error.