Laurens Taking Steps to Remove Dilapidated Building


Laurens City Council is taking steps to remove a dangerous and dilapidated building in the downtown.

The property at the corner of Highway 221 and East Main Street was taped off in May. The roof is caving in, the bricks are crumbling, glass is broken and the building is filled with asbestos. City leaders say it’s structurally unsafe and a danger to pedestrians.

Cities can tear down vacant, unsafe buildings as long as they attempt to notify the owner. However, city officials say it would cost around $90,000 in taxpayer money to clear away the eyesore. If they invest the time and money, they’d like to own the property so they have a say in what happens to it after the building is gone.


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