Avondale Estates requests “erector set” be demolished
This story has been updated.
Avondale Estates has asked Euramex to demolish the “erector set” unfinished steel structure at the corner of East College Ave. and Maple St.
A city email says the Board of Mayor and Commissioners put in the request and a demolition permit has been approved.
The email says, “In 2008, a permit was issued for construction of the building. Shortly after construction began, the economy headed into a downturn and the project was not able to be completed. At the end of 2014, after a multi-year foreclosure, Euramex purchased the property. Euramex is looking to the future and planning for a positive quality redevelopment plan.”
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The notorious half-finished building was constructed in 2008 and was supposed to be the new home of the Finders Keepers Consignment store. It was all part of a larger plan by developer Century/AG LLC that fell apart. The company filed for bankruptcy in 2010.
Euramex also owns the 13-acre Fenner Dunlop site in Avondale Estates. Mayor Jonathan Elmore recently said Euramex could be close to making an official presentation to the public on its plans for that location.
Former mayor Ed Rieker had proposed working out a deal to put temporarily put soccer fields on the Fenner Dunlop site. He dropped that bid, saying on the Tudor Square Facebook page, “Good news! It appears that the Mayor and commissioners are in very active talks with Euramex on their development of a grocery store and apartments for the mill property in downtown Avondale Estates. The soccer complex at the mill was envisioned as an option to provide an attractive, active destination to foster a vibrant, walkable downtown AE. With the pending new residential housing and retail it is no longer needed in AE.”