Here is the downtown building currently being demolished as it looked in earlier days. The sign above the front window says "Ehinger & Kortenber," but a sign in the window says "Democrat Headquarters." The store at left housed at that time the Holthouse Drug Co., which later moved into the corner building. (Photo courtesy of Max Miller)
The major razing of the former sweeper shop/Holthouse Drug building in downtown Decatur was completed around 3:15 Thursday afternoon, and the work went off without any problems.
The demolishing of the upper portions of the three-story building was a cause for some concern since one side of it was right at the edge of Monroe St. and the other side was along the edge of the building owned by Rebecca Cochran, CPA.
Fleming Excavating, which is doing the work, will now concentrate on pushing down lower portions of the structure, digging debris out of the basement, where much of it is being shoved into, and hauling it away.
City Street/Sanitation Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said "it will be awhile yet" before all traffic restrictions are taken down in the area.
Traffic on Monroe St. was reopened earlier Thursday to both eastbound and westbound travelers.
The city purchased the building from Dwayne Skaggs of Bluffton for $25,000 earlier this year, then paid Air Management Techniques of Muncie $2,100 for asbestos removal. Fleming Excavating was awarded the demolition contract with a low bid of some $145,000.
The demolition work began Monday.