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Columbus moves ahead with dangerous buildings work

Columbus city government moved ahead Tuesday with the process to demolish or to force the repair of two derelict buildings owned by Orvil Williams.

The Board of Public Works and Safety set a deadline for demolition of a home at 352 Jones Street, effective July 22. The property owner has 10 days from that day to remove the building or the city will hire a contractor to do so and apply the cost as a lien to the property's title.

Williams, through his attorney Jeff Washburn, said they were still in the process of moving things out of the house, including material that could be salvaged.

The board also set a deadline of July 29th for a building at 2121 State Street. Williams has until that date to secure the building, board up windows, to remove overgrown vegetation and junk, and to repair the roof on the former Best Buy carpet building. If that work isn't done by that date, the city could move ahead with demolition.

Williams was also the owner of the first property the city ordered demolished last year -- the vacant Best Buy carpet store near Central Avenue and 25th Street. That was the first property ordered demolished in at least 10 years, city officials said.
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:18:49 AM

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