LIMA — The vacant home at 218 E. Third St. has been demolished.
Three months after the City of Lima’s Building Board of Appeals unanimously voted to tear it down, the property owner, Councilor Derry Glenn, has taken the steps to demolish the building.
“It was fair,” Glenn said. “It was my property, and it was my money that tore it down.”
The property has had a long history. Originally purchased by Glenn in 2000 for $9,000, the building has been empty since 2008 following the shooting death of Tarika Wilson during a raid by Lima Police Department officers at the residence.
At that time, police were looking for Wilson’s live-in boyfriend, a suspected drug dealer, when Wilson was shot while holding her child in her arms. The resulting lawsuit forced the city to pay out a $2.5 million settlement.
Glenn has held onto the house since that time without maintaining the building.
The vacant residence made headlines again when city inspectors recently tagged it as deserving of tear down. Subsequent inspections revealed rot throughout the building, and the appeals board voted to push demolition forward in late November. Glenn pulled a demolition permit with the city a few weeks later, but the building remained standing until the 60-day permit reached its limit.
Glenn pulled a second demolition permit on Feb. 19. After the morning demolition, the only presence of the house today is a large bush situated on the front of the lot that hides the old sidewalk that led to the building’s front door.
With the house now gone, Glenn called for other property owners throughout Lima to take down their own dilapidated buildings without waiting for the city to take action.
“I challenge everyone else to follow my lead,” Glenn said.
The councilor, a well-known advocate for better housing throughout the city, encouraged other residents to continue to make moves in the right direction when it comes to housing, and said he would be continuing to organize home repair groups to help those who need upgrades to their homes.
Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.