Road closures announced to tear down Mitchell building at First Avenue and Lawler Street

Closure expected for two weeks starting April 28

Shown here is the corroding 124 E. First Ave. building in downtown Mitchell. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Matt Gade

Crews will be closing off the intersection of First Avenue and North Lawler Street to tear down a Mitchell building over the next few weeks.

The Mitchell Department of Public Works said starting Wednesday, April 28, the east half of the 100 block of First Avenue and the south half of the 100 block of North Lawler Street will be closed for two weeks for the demolition of the dilapidated building at 124 E. First Ave. The closure is in the interest of the public's safety, the city said.

The building has had to have asbestos remediated and has corroding structural issues, leading to the need for the building to be demolished. The city has issued the property owners of the building several “order to corrects” dating back to 2012. The most recent order to correct that was issued for the nuisance conditions include fixing the foundation, roof and siding, along with repairing the windows to prevent birds from entering the building. The violations that led the city to hand down the most recent order to correct included failure to maintain exterior, rodent issues, vermin, insects, other pests and overgrown vegetation.

The city has estimated the cost of demolition at $25,000. The current property owners, Santos Mejia Cerritos and Maria Emelina De Mejia, are responsible for footing the demolition bill.

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