Red house down

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Tribune photo by Clint Confehr Lewisburg firefighter Richard Cook creates a rainbow that obstructs a clear view of the bucket controlled by Wayne Wright at the control of his track hoe.

By Clint Confehr

Senior Staff Writer

A two-story red brick building that stood for decades on First Avenue North was taken down within four hours Thursday.

Overgrown with kudzu, the red house had been a school and a dwelling, but had been a target of Lewisburg codes enforcement officers since fall 2009, or earlier.

Rubble from demolition by Wayne Wright was taken to Cedar Ridge Landfill, Wright said. He was hired by Marshall County School's maintenance director Sheldon Davis, who's also responsible for other county buildings.

Public records show that Michelle Driver owned the property at 512 First Ave. N. until unpaid property taxes resulted in a Nov. 29 auction. No bid was received for the building. Then the house was jointly owned by Lewisburg and the county. City Council voted Nov. 23 against buying the county's interest in what's said to have been the McLean School.

With a unanimous vote, county commissioners recently authorized demolition. City officials have said they want the building removed before the annual Goats Music & More Festival in October. The house was an eyesore near Old Farmington Road through Rock Creek Park. The empty lot could be rented to the city for $1 a year, and it could be used for parking or some other festival-related purpose, county officials said.