Future of Main Street buildings still uncertain
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
May 09, 2012 | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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The ultimate fate of the 44 and 46 Main St. (above) is still up in the air.</i>
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The ultimate fate of the 44 and 46 Main St. (above) is still up in the air.

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It will be about two weeks before an engineer can come down and look at the wall that once stood between 44 and 46 Main St.

That is what David Chestnut, owner of the buildings on 44 and 46 Main St. that caught fire earlier this spring and had to be torn down, said Monday afternoon. He also said the engineer from JKS out of Hopkinsville will figure out how much it will cost to rebuild that wall.

“That wall has to be rebuilt before we can do anything else,” said Chestnut.

After the engineer looks at it and provides an estimate, Chestnut says they can put it out for bid. It was an interior wall, but when the buildings caught fire in March and were then torn down, it became an exterior wall and has been temporarily waterproofed.

John Oliphant of Cadiz-based Oliphant Construction has said Oliphant Construction crews put white house wrap over the wall that stood between 46 and 48 Main St. to waterproof it, as it is now exposed to the elements.

Meanwhile, Chestnut thinks they’ve “reached a settlement” with the insurance company regarding the future of the site. He says they want to rebuild on that site.

“But we’re looking at our options,” added Chestnut.

The roughly 100-year-old building housed Impressions Hair Salon at 44 Main St., the Rabbit Hole Café at 46 Main St. and there were also three upstairs apartments above the businesses. 48 Main St., which houses Oh My! Antiques and also has apartment space, has been unoccupied since the fire, but the Fire Marshal said it suffered only smoke and water damage.

Cadiz Renaissance Director Leida Underhill said Oh My! Antiques has been relocated in the meantime.

Kentucky Fire Marshall Bill Compton determined later in March that the fire was started after a charcoal grill was left unattended on the roof.
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