City Seeks Demolition of Hoops & Homeruns

(photo by Luke Treat, Fire Chief Linda DeWald addressed council members about the fire investigation on the property of Hoops & Homeruns.)
(photo by Luke Treat, Fire Chief Linda DeWald addressed council members about the fire investigation on the property of Hoops & Homeruns.)

HARRISON, Ark. – Harrison City Council members approve two resolutions Wednesday night that seek the demolition of the Hoops and Homeruns building near Main Street.

The first resolution declares the building as a nuisance, or a safety hazard to the public, and that an emergency exists. The second resolution approves funds from the city’s reserves to be allocated toward the demolition. Mayor Crockett says the city received bids in 2011 in the 200-thousand dollar range but it would be significantly less now due less debris.

Tyler Henderson is an attorney out of Mountain View who was in attendance representing the property owner Phil Wilson. He says there was an agreement to donate the property to the hospital and he was working to clean up the property title:

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Henderson said he would call Wilson after the meeting.

If the city’s lien on the property would be removed, there is a chance that the hospital would reimburse the city for demolishing the building, according to Crockett. He says quick action was worth the risk:

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Some of the council expressed concern about tearing down the building too quickly and impeding the on-going fire investigation. Fire Chief Linda DeWald said the building is too dangerous to have any investigators inside and they will continue the investigation with interviews and video surveillance footage outside local businesses.

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