Mayor Chris Beutler said the City today sent dangerous building notices to the owners of two "O" Street buildings damaged by fire December 12. The notices give the owners 10 days to repair or demolish the buildings between 9th and 10th streets that housed Romantix and a former piano business. If no action is taken in 10 days, the City can proceed with demolition of both buildings and bill the owners for the expense.
The two buildings share a common wall, which engineers say is not structurally sound. The two eastbound lanes of "O" Street on the block remain closed to traffic for safety reasons and to allow room for the demolition equipment.
"It is in the City's best interests to get this major street reopened as safely and quickly as possible," said Beutler. "The City has worked patiently with all parties since the fire, but we feel they have had sufficient time to take action. I want to again thank the public for their patience as we have worked to resolve this situation."
The cause of the fire has not been determined.