DELPHOS — The Allen County Land Bank has been working with Delphos city officials for two years in an ongoing effort to eradicate blight, with talks centered around a structure at 335 N. Main St. in Delphos, the site of the former Jim and Mary’s. Those talks are now coming to fruition.
The land bank acquired the property when a foreclosure auction failed to bring any bids. The building has been condemned and deemed unsafe. A safety inspection by fire department officials, combined with an engineering study, resulted in the conclusion the building must be torn down.
Work will be slow at first, with de-construction by hand due to adjoined buildings, officials said.
Delphos Safety Service Director Shane Coleman said demolition work will begin Monday and is expected to take a week. Main Street in Delphos — between Third and Fifth streets — will be closed during demolition work Monday and Tuesday, if needed.
Local traffic is asked to avoid the area during this time.
Through traffic on state Route 66 will be redirected to Franklin Street. Main Street will reopen as soon as possible, Coleman said.
Upon completion, the land bank will deed the property over to the city of Delphos.
“Mayor (Josh) Gillespie and his administration, as well as the Delphos Fire Department and Delphos Police Department, have truly been a pleasure to work with leading to the culmination of the demolition of this unsafe condemned building on Main Street,” said Allen County Land Bank Administrator and Allen County Auditor Rachael Gilroy.
Two blighted properties in Delphos have already been razed by the land bank. Along with the Main Street building, another blighted property is being scheduled for demolition, bringing the total number of blighted properties addressed by the Land Bank in Delphos to four.
“I sincerely appreciate the collaborative efforts with Delphos city officials, Ben’s Construction and Allen County Land Bank personnel to make a positive difference in such a great community as Delphos,” Gilroy said.