Historic Greenwood Building Suffers Death by Neglect

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GREENWOOD, MS (Ben Caxton) — A historic building that has been deemed unrepairable will meet the wrecking ball. The Midway Hotel in downtown Greenwood will likely be demolished after a structural engineer’s inspection; another historic structure has deteriorated but could be salvaged. The buildings fall under an ordinance requiring owners to preserve them against decay and deterioration and be free from unreasonable structural defects. If Greenwood’s Historic Preservation Commission determines the buildings are being “demolished by neglect” property owners would have another 60 days to complete repairs or face misdemeanor charges. It’s unlikely the owners would be charged if they don’t have the finances to maintain the structures, but officials say demolition by neglect places a financial burden on the city.



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