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Another Hurdle Cleared For Building Demolitions

Wednesday, June 19, 2013                                    4:25 AM 

A final hurdle to demolishing flood-prone buildings in downtown Findlay may finally have been cleared. Project manager for the Hancock County Engineer's Office, Steve Wilson, presented a letter to Findlay City Council Tuesday from the Ohio Historical Preservation Office saying they've become more amenable to demolishing buildings in the 100 block of N. Main St., north of the river, under certain conditions according to the Courier.

Officials wanted to see a more fully developed plan for flood mitigation before giving approval. Their primary concern was the loss of potential historic artifacts that may become buries beneath a permanent structure such as a levee or flood wall. However, those structures are not part of flood control efforts in Findlay.

City and county officials will be asked to sign an agreement that requires the preservation office to be consulted before future demolition of publicly-owned properties within the historic district. Council passed a resolution giving the mayor permission to sign the agreement.

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