Antwerp officials plan vote to demolish abandoned building

Antwerp officials plan vote to demolish abandoned building
A downtown Antwerp building's roof collapses

ANTWERP, N.Y. (WWNY) - Village officials in Antwerp will hold an emergency meeting Friday to vote on demolishing a Main Street building that partially collapsed last week.

Deputy Mayor Jonathan Cole said an engineer's report determined the building is "in imminent danger."

That report was delivered to the village's attorney this week.

The roof of 56 Main Street collapsed on June 18, startling people nearby, including those working in the village’s offices next door.

The vote, scheduled for 5:30 p.m., is a necessary step in order to proceed with demolition.

After that, Cole said, the village will hire an engineer who will draw up plans to tear the building down.

Cole said village officials don’t know how they’ll pay for the demolition.

Records show the building is owned by Jesus and Laura Jimenez of Florida, who bought the property in an auction in 2013.

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