“One of the biggest hazards we ran into was ... that the tornado caused a significant amount of structural damage and they became uninhabitable at that point, and with being exposed and open to the elements over these last three years, it just made them significantly unsafe structurally,” he said.
Crist said once the owners left, some homeless individuals sought shelter in the condos.
“We would have these units full of people living here and the unfortunate aspect is that they just weren’t safe doing so,” he said. “With the structure being weakened and being on the side of a hill, there was so much potential for catastrophe, so that’s why we really moved toward getting the people safely out and getting the buildings torn down.”
The price of Friday’s demolition totaled around $41,500, according to township officials. The Montgomery County Land Bank covered 25% of these costs, Crabill said. The remainder was covered by state funding, as well as a portion of a $109,000 Community Development Block Grant, approved by Montgomery County Commissioners last summer as part of an effort to raze Harrison Twp. properties damaged by the tornadoes.
The demolition was completed by FCS Construction Services Inc. from Dayton.