BICKNELL, Ind. (WTHI) – Three empty buildings on Main Street in downtown Bicknell were torn down on Wednesday.
In 2008 a fire damaged those buildings and they’ve sat vacant ever since. The Mayor of Bicknell stated the buildings became a safety hazard and were no longer structurally sound.
The city has wanted to bring these buildings down but the cost has prevented this from happening – that is until now!
“It is bittersweet… I grew up in this town and all these buildings were here and we had a population of almost 9,000 back then too,” explained Mayor Jon Flickinger. “All buildings were full. It’s kind of sad to have grown up here and then come back and become mayor and see all this demolition going on.”
Flickinger also told News 10 the project cost the city more than $34,000 and he hopes to make that money back by putting a lien on the property.
Another option is to turn the property into a community garden.