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Another historic building in downtown Joplin will be demolished

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According to the City of Joplin, when the Carl Adams building collapsed on Wednesday it left the interior wall holding up an adjoining building, leaving it unsafe.  That building will be brought down over the next few days.

The building was built in 1910 and once served as a grocery store.  It'll be the third building in about a year to come down on the block - first by fire, second by collapse and now by demolition.  This means almost the entire 900 block of South Main will be partially bare.

While some in town may look at the chance to spruce of a portion of downtown with new construction, the Downtown Joplin Alliance says the move is a negative one.

All buildings on this block were on the National Historic Registry and the Downtown Alliance says any destruction of Joplin's past should try and be avoided.

"Down the line we could have done really wonderful story telling, really wonderful historic plaques, historic walking trails, that highlighted that rich Jewish heritage, where it is attached to beautiful buildings and now we have this vacant lot," says Tricia Patton of the Downtown Joplin Alliance.  "They really wanted to see that residential above and that thriving retail below, so that's really disappointing that they don't see their dreams come to fruition."

Public Works says the demolition is needed because the abandon buildings were not properly cared for and were already on their last legs.

"That's the hardest thing on a building, is for it to remain vacant, it has a hard time with no maintenance, or anything done on it, they just go in to disrepair faster than they would normally," says Jack Schaller, the city's Assistant Public Works Director.  "Age is one thing, the amount of care it gets is another thing."

But Patton says it's not that easy, and she says many owners of these buildings have good intentions, but they were bought during the recession and ran out of funds.  She says historic architecture is something people look forward to and want to see more of downtown.

"Having authentic, beautiful historic buildings, there is a quaintness, there's a beauty to it, and people look forward to seeing that beauty," says Patton.

According to the city they say the demolition of the building may come as soon as Saturday, but will likely happen on Monday.

They say it's the responsibility the owner for the emergency demolition.

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