LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Demolition on a Lafayette eyesore is starting after a two-week delay.
Demolition of the old Midwest Party Rentals building will be in full swing this week. Lafayette Redevelopment Director Dennis Carson said demolition was delayed because crews had to remove some tiles and asbestos.
The final permits from IDEM will come this week.
Carson said crews have until Aug. 9 to complete demolitions. Then the city will look for developers for the spot.
"We're all very excited, especially the neighborhood," Carson said. "They have been looking forward to this for a long time. It's been a long process, but we know we're taking the right steps to get there. Hopefully we'll have a developer within a year and get that project started."
Carson said the plan is to put a group of townhomes on the lot. The sidewalk around the building at the corner of Fifth and Brown streets will be closed during demolition.
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