By: Diane Benjamin
Partial list of empty buildings in downtown Bloomington:
Front and Center and the building to the west
Former Clark and Barlow
Former Pantagraph building
Ensenberger Condos – 6 for sale on Zillow
A large variety of smaller spaces are also empty
Bloomington doesn’t need another one!
State Farm is being a good neighbor by paying to tear their building down. They are much better neighbors than the two guys doing nothing with their properties while they wait for government to bail them out. One of them is trying to get his hands on another property he will let sit – Bloomington knows who it is!
The Fire building has a lot of issues. The small crowd wanting to stop it’s destruction needs to look at facts before trying to block demolition. There is no private use for the building as evidenced by all the other vacant buildings and the inability to find a buyer. Taxpayers don’t need another albatross!
Bloomington should be celebrating!
They now have proof empty buildings in downtown Bloomington have no value. Merle Huff has a variety of now worthless buildings. He can not prove in a court of law they are worth anything. He will keep paying property taxes because he doesn’t want to admit the obvious. Bloomington can prove demolition costs more than the zero value.
The millions invested downtown have been wasted. Maybe someday it will be leveled and redeveloped. For now:
Thanks State Farm, you are saving Bloomington from its government!