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Man fights city hall to have building torn down

Charles Dillihay wants the rundown building to come down. Charles Dillihay wants the rundown building to come down.
1242 Rosa Parks Avenue is right across the street from the Cleveland Avenue YMCA where children play. 1242 Rosa Parks Avenue is right across the street from the Cleveland Avenue YMCA where children play.
A sign of the times A sign of the times

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Charles Dillihay is certain it's an accident waiting to happen.

"We got kids coming and down the street to neighborhood schools and that piece of glass could literally split somebody in half," said Dillihay.

The building at 1242 Rosa Parks Avenue across the street from the Cleveland Avenue YMCA is on the verge of falling in completely. That's why Dillihan can't understand why the city didn't do anything about it. Despite the clear and present danger of broken glass and sharp edges, it turns out the demolition process is not that simple. It's a lengthy process by law.

Chris Conway is the Direct of Public Works and he tells WSFA 12 News the owner was given about 6 months to make repairs. The law says you have to give property owners a certain amount of time. In this case, the time frame expired in October. Now it appears the property will fall under the emergency demolition category. City inspectors reportedly went to the site for another look.

"If it's deemed an emergency, bids could go out as early as tomorrow," said Conway.

Meantime, the city typically tears down about a dozen condemned buildings a year with the average cost around $3,000.

Just today, for example, a contractor bulldozed a house off Delano Avenue.

Back on Rosa Parks Avenue, Charles Dillihay has fond memories of visiting what was a corner grocery store as a child, but those days are gone and so is the life of a popular neighborhood hangout.

Assuming those bids go out tomorrow, Conway says demolition would start right away with the owner getting the final bill.

Conway says he didn't have any information whether the owner is in town or why the person didn't follow through on promises to make repairs.

Dillihay believes she lives in Texas.

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