The Historic E.M. Weaver Building to be demolished

The historic EM Weaver building in Lafayette will be coming down.

Posted: Jun 19, 2019 6:50 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The historic EM Weaver building in Lafayette will be coming down.

The building which was known to be a Piggly Wiggly has been suffering from large cracks throughout the walls.

The building was built in 1867, making it 152 years old.
It sits on the southeast corner of south and Main Street and is one of the only corner buildings throughout Lafayette.

On Tuesday it was confirmed by the owner, Dan Vierk who has owned the building since 2017 that the structure would be torn down in the following weeks. This comes after he had previously wanted to renovate the building and save the historic site.

The corner structure had been faced with severe water damage and cracks throughout the walls making the historic building unmanageable.

Mayor Tony Roswarski says he is disappointed to see a historical site be torn down.

"It would have been nice to be able to save that building," Said Mayor Roswarski. "From my understanding, It is deteriorating to the condition that it is probably not salvageable."

Plans for the soon to be empty spot at this moment are unknown. Previously the building was to be incorporated with the city's five points plan.

Parts of main, south 16th and 18th streets will be involved in the plan. They plan on making trails, and new infrastructure to help revitalize this area.

Their overall goal for the Five Points Intersection is to create a vibrant and well-populated district for the community.

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