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City reaches agreement with owner of neglected Main Street building

An agreement between the city of Mitchell and a local property owner's corroding Third Avenue and Main Street building has been reached. The dilapidated building owned by David Finnell, which is located at 301 and 303 North Main Street, was deeme...

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Third Avenue west of North Main Street has been closed for more than two years as the result of a decaying building at the corner of Third and Main that has been declared a nuisance by the city. (Matt Gade / Republic)
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An agreement between the city of Mitchell and a local property owner’s corroding Third Avenue and Main Street building has been reached.

The dilapidated building owned by David Finnell, which is located at 301 and 303 North Main Street, was deemed a nuisance in April of 2018. The building has caused the street closure of Third Avenue in between Main and Rowley Avenues since June 2017.

Mitchell Mayor Bob Everson said it’s a relief to finally reach a settlement agreement on the building that’s been causing problems for Main Street business owners and local residents.

“Between the City Attorney (Justin Johnson) and Mr. Finell’s attorney, discussion took place and they agreed to turn the building over to the city,” Everson said. “The city will now look to tear it down.”

The agreement calls for Finnell to sell the building to the city for $1 by 3 p.m. on April 30. Finnell will be responsible for paying the city $2,374.18 to the city, which represents the past due and currently accruing property tax until Feb. 14, along with the prorated share of the Business Improvement District taxes.

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The Mitchell City Council will consider approving an agreement during the upcoming March 4 council meeting. According to Everson, the city budgeted roughly $500,000 last year in hopes to demolish the building.

“This has been a major part of our executive sessions, and now that we have the agreement, I feel that it will be approved by the council,” Everson said Thursday. “We will hopefully get Third Street opened up by this summer or late spring.”

After months of legal battle in civil court between the city and Finnell, Everson said Finnell and his attorney signed the agreement earlier this week.

Following the council’s decision on March 4, should they approve the agreement, the city will be able to begin bidding for contractors to take down the building, Everson said.

“We hope to get the demolition going by May 1, and it’s a relief to finally resolve this problem,” Everson said.

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