State grant for demolition of White Pigeon landmark

A state grant announced this week will cover costs associated with demolition of a dilapidated landmark in White Pigeon.

Doug Kuhlman, village zoning administrator, said he received confirmation Thursday of a grant in excess of $575,000 from the State Land Bank Authority. The amount, he said, is enough to cover demolition of the building that housed the former Tasty Nut Shop.

Kuhlman said White Pigeon village and building owner Union Hall Block Building Inc. will work together to comply with regulations set forth with the grant program to raze the three-story, brick building. The 160-year-old building was condemned in October 2021 and vacated in February 2022.

With a number of mandated requirements to fulfill, Kuhlman said he is not able to provide a timeframe for when demolition might occur. He is confident, however, that it will be before the end of the year.

Kuhlman said he was inside the building last week and was taken aback by the extent of deterioration since his previous on-site inspection.

He said quotes for demolition have been secured. Based on figures received for the task, the state’s allocation should cover the cost of the job, regardless of whether the presence of asbestos and/or lead-based paint is confirmed.

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