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Old foundry in Independence to be demolished after 20 years of police, fire calls

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For 20 years, the city of Independence has had their eyes on a building after multiple fires and police calls. (Ashley Arnold/KCTV5 News) For 20 years, the city of Independence has had their eyes on a building after multiple fires and police calls. (Ashley Arnold/KCTV5 News)
INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -

For 20 years, the city of Independence has had their eyes on a building after multiple fires and police calls.

In the past five years alone, 16 fires have been reported. Now they’re steps closer to getting the structural hazard knocked down.

It’s easy to see the problems at the old Independence Stone and Furnace Foundry.

Abandoned back in 1992 and tagged as dangerous in 1997, it’s needed to come down for quite some time.

“This foundry has been a problem and an eyesore for quite a few times,” said John Perkins with the Independence City Council. “Last five years we've had 16 fire calls. It's been pretty much abandoned, and it's a health hazard and safety hazard for the neighborhood and also for our fire personnel.”

The biggest obstacle that has kept the building up has been simple.

“Each time, the issue was the cost of the demolition,” said Tom Scannell, Community Development Director.

Now, however, the city is taking a new approach.

“When the city adopted the strategic plan last year, they put an emphasis and focus on cleaning up blight within the neighborhoods and, as a result of that, we felt that we could take this forward for demolition and get some resolution to this problem property,” said Scannell.

After years of problems, it’s a bit of relief for the neighbors that live by the building and for the businesses that are right next to it.

“They're excited to see that the city is finally stepping up and doing what we're supposed to be doing in getting rid of some of this blight,” said Perkins.

If the weather holds up and it doesn’t get too cold, the city anticipates the building could be demolished by the end of the month.

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