City council extends deadline for unsafe structure
Owners of a building deemed to be an unsafe structure in downtown Baldwin City have another 30 days to come up with a plan to fix it — whoever those owners might be.
The Baldwin City Council approved the 30-day extension to proceedings it started this summer to force the owners to fix the brick building at Sixth and High streets or face the city razing the structure. The current owner is considering transferring ownership of the building to the Baldwin City Economic Development Corp. or another owner.
“We can evaluate what progress has been made by then,” said City Administrator Jeff Dingman of the extension. “It’s a large part of the skyline. I’d hate to raze that building if someone can do something to save it.”
Efforts have been underway for some time to do something with the building that has been a cornerstone of the downtown area for around a century. A corner of the building is falling apart, which has drawn safety concerns, resulting in a fence around the area.
Mayor Ken Wagner said the possible change in ownership has created a glimmer of hope of saving the structure.
“It think it’s a very positive thing, although there’s nothing in concrete,” said Wagner. “I think we’re doing the right thing to give this some more time.”
Other than that vote, the remainder of Tuesday night’s agenda covered routine items. The council met on Tuesday rather than the normal Monday because of the Labor Day holiday.