End of the line for Cameo
City Manager Kelvin Knauf told The Reporter a demolition permit was taken out Tuesday on the 125-year-old structure. Knauf said contractor William Beene, acting on behalf of owner Gloria Thrasher, came to City Hall and applied for the permit, which was granted.
The Cameo was the most seriously damaged of several downtown structures Aug. 29-30, when a brick retaining wall collapsed. Over the ensuing year and seven months the fate of the building kept changing as the city council alternately ordered the structure razed, then granted leeway to the owner as she attempted to investigate the possibility of restoring it.
At Monday's council meeting it was noted Thrasher paid $4,900 in an initial series of fines—for missing demolition deadlines--and another $9,100 in fines was the the works.
Knauf said the owners plan to begin demolition in the back (alley) side, then move to the front facade.
He said the owners plan to repair inside walls shared with other building owner and have already received permission from four of the five property owners involved.