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Demolition plans for Lincolnway building underway

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A building on Lincolnway in South Bend is coming down completely, after Monday's rain caused part of the roof to collapse.

Dixon Mwose owned a portion of the building located at the intersection of Lincolnway and Sherman. "Too much emotion because that is where my income comes from."

He ran two businesses out of this building, but now he says he is at a stand-still. "I'm not making money, everything is piling on me."

He says he knew the building was unstable, but he is surprised the ENTIRE structure has to come down. "It's been a sad day and it's going to be until I can put myself together and start all over."

South Bend Code Enforcement Chief Inspector Brian Haygood says the building has had issues for awhile, Monday's collapsed roof solidified it's fate. "It certainly sped up the demise of the building."

Interior inspection showed it was too late to save the building, a decision that's not taken lightly. "Unfortunately this is going to come to a conclusion that nobody wants to see. At least from the city's standpoint, we don't enjoy taking buildings down, but it's a necessity."

Russ Luckies with Slatile Roofing says there is some good news amidst the ruble. "You just can't find these bricks anymore."

He says the building is full of historic bricks, perfect for restoration projects. "You can't get better building material than to use the material the men used when they first built the building."

He's working with the Historic Preservation Commission and says these bricks will give life to historic buildings in South Bend. "We're taking a bad news situation and turning it around for something good."

Code enforcement says the process leading up to demolition is long.  All permits have to be in place and they had to wait for utility companies to retire their lines.  That's why there was a lot of action on Lincolnway before the tear down even started.

Code enforcement says everything is in place for demolition.  It's now just a matter of when it will happen.

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