Nobody claims free building, city will demolish it

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A building the city was offering free to anyone who would move it has gone unclaimed and will be demolished.

In September, the City of Columbia offered at no cost the 1930s-era office building at 2126 Devine Street to anyone would get it off the property.

The building sits on a site that will improved as new surface parking for Five Points.

The site was identified in a study as one of the top three spots for parking in Five Points. City officials were hoping someone would relocate the two-story structure so they wouldn't have to knock it down.

In September, John Spade, the city's parking services director, said the money is in the dirt."One of the things about Five Points is it can't get any bigger," said Spade. "So we have to make due with what we got."

They hope the property will provide 100 new parking spaces.

The project demolition will be discussed at the November 23 city council meeting. The city hopes to pay around $30,000 to remove the building and clean up the site.

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