Neighbor Calls For Action As Mannsville Building Crumbles

Neighbor Calls For Action As Mannsville Building Crumbles

Posted: Updated: Mar 05, 2019 02:42 PM

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It's one of the last remnants of old Mannsville.

The now slouching wreck of the once proud Huggins and Bettinger building has housed an assortment of businesses and people over the years.

"My brother had an apartment in that building when he was very first married," said Mannsville Mayor Lori Cashel. 

Despite its long history, Cashel says the building has been vacant for decades.

And in recent years it has begun to fall apart.

Next door, Charlotte Besaw watches from her porch and worries as the building gets worse.

"When there's a big storm, things fly off it. We had a great big pile of sheet metal fly into our yard with this last storm," she said.

Besaw says that's dangerous to everyone in the village.

"And especially, I have grandchildren who love to play in this yard. It's really not right that we can't use our full property because of the danger next door," she said.

Besaw has reached out to everyone she can think of to find a solution.

Only the property owner or the village can step in and tear it down.

We could not reach the owner for this story.

Cashel says it would have been nice to see the owner fix up the building.

"I don't know what else there would be to do except for take it down. I don't know how that's feasible for the village to do that with a $130,000 a year budget," she said.

The issue is being discussed at a village board meeting Tuesday night at 7. 

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