VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) - Some old vacant buildings are causing a heap of headaches for officials in a southern Indiana county.
The Knox County Commissioners say they are working to resolve issues with two large empty buildings owned by the county.
One building is coming down while the fate of the other is still undetermined.
The old Hillcrest Building has been a victim of fire, financial meltdown, and vandalism. Finally, Knox County is having it demolished.
Officials say the building was beyond repair and the property holds more value without it.
"You know it's been boarded up and it's been broken into and it's been vandalized and I would say it's worth more without the building," said President of the Knox County Commissioners, Rowe Sargent.
The future of the old Hillcrest Building is now resolved, but the county has another old empty building across town, the old county home and it's future is uncertain.
The old Victorian style home has also been vacant for years.
The county is looking at a proposal to turn it over to a group that would use it as a shelter for women getting out of jail.
But that has been held up because the grounds have some old, unmarked graves.
"It has been suggested before that there is some graves out there from way back and we feel we'll have to investigate that," said Sargent.
That isn't the only problem.
The roof of the building is falling apart and leaking and officials say they are running short on time to make a decision.
"If we don't get that out of our hands and taken care of we'll probably have to do the same thing with it that we had to do with the Hillcrest Building," said Sargent.
That would mean a second old building could also wind up behind the wrecking ball. Demolition of the Hillcrest Building is being done by Ford's Sawmill at a cost of $38,000.
Currently the county is considering its options on the Hillcrest property.
Those include turning it over to the Parks Department as additional space for the adjoining Hillcrest Park, or selling it and putting it back on the tax rolls.
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