Gibson City building owner backs nearby demolition
GIBSON CITY — Mick Bradbury, owner of the Gibson City Meats & Deli building, attended this week's council meeting to let the mayor and aldermen know he agrees with their decision to help demolish the two properties to the north of his.
Bradbury just wished someone would have told him first instead of having to read about it in newspapers.
Randy Arends, who rents the Gibson City Meats & Deli building from Bradbury, purchased the two properties to the north — 103 and 105 S. Sangamon Ave. — and has received a bid of about $60,000 from Lee Excavating for demolition to be completed sometime this fall. The city voted 5-3 at its last meeting to reimburse Arends for the demolition expense.
Bradbury reiterated he had no issues with the city helping Arends. Rather, Bradbury wants to know who is liable if something were to happen to his building. Bradbury already checked with his insurer that damage from demolition of a neighboring building would not be covered.
Mayor Dan Dickey said he would communicate with Arends that a meeting needs to be arranged between them, Lee Excavating and Bradbury to discuss liability concerns, and those concerns would be addressed then.