Date for demolition of downtown buildings unknown
by Franklin Clark, Reporter --
Jan 06, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Although originally scheduled for early November, the destruction of the Virginia Alexander Building, the Boggess Chevrolet Building and the old Court Clerk’s Office and District Court Building on Court Street will wait until warmer and better weather arrives, Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries said late in December.

However, he couldn’t say at the time when the work would be done.

“The buildings were scheduled to be demolished the first part of November,” Humphries said. “We actually had a little holdup with the contractor, who was working off of [an Administrative Office of the Courts] bid to demolish those four [buildings].”

Humphries said an issue with the wall separating the old district court building from the office of Trigg County Attorney H.B. Quinn will have to be “remedied” before the demolition can begin.

Work will have to be done on that wall before any demolition can begin, and it will have to warm up before that can happen, said Humphries, who also said he hopes to have the buildings down quickly.

In late October, the county’s Project Development Board purchased the Virginia Alexander Building for $40,000 from Virginia Alexander, the old Boggess Chevrolet Building was purchased for 80,000 from Kathryn Costello, who is listed as a trustee for John Preston White, and the old Court Clerk’s Office and District Court Building was purchased for $136,000 from Dennis and Linda Thomas, according to deeds from the Trigg County Clerk’s Office.

Humphries said the same contractor that demolished the old Trigg County Jail a few months ago will be in charge of the demolition of the three buildings.

Virginia Alexander said the building she owned until recently, the Virginia Alexander Building, is one of the oldest buildings in Cadiz and was “one of the first buildings built when the city was laid out.”

Specifically, Alexander said that the building in question dates back to when the Trigg County itself was formed in 1820. She added that she believes that the Boggess Chevrolet Building dates back to 1937 at the very least, as that’s when it was incorporated as the Cadiz Motor Company.

Alexander also said she believes that the old Court Clerk’s Office and District Court Building dates back to well before 1927, and might have been used as a livery stable at one point.

Kenneth Oakley of the local historical society said that although the historical society would like to purchase the buildings to preserve them, they don’t have that kind of money in their budget.

“There’s not much we can do,” Oakley said. “Another problem you run into is maintenance. Old buildings cost a lot more to maintain.”

First drafts of plans have been made for the parking lot that will be in the place of the buildings that are to be demolished. It has been said that as many as 20 parking spaces for the new Trigg County Justice Center will be created.
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