The Richland County Land Bank Wednesday made a motion to write a letter to Skilken Gold Real Estate Properties that the land bank board is not in support of any money or grants to finance demolition of any of the former Kingsgate Cinema building along the Miracle Mile.
The former Kingsgate Cinema building on Park Avenue West has been ordered for demolition by the Mansfield Building and Codes Office.
Land bank attorney John Burton advised the board that the land bank is not directly involved with the cinema property because it is a property in the city of Mansfield.
"I think the land bank can go on record that they had been requested for assistance for demolition (by Skilken Gold) and the final position/decision of the land bank is that there will be no assistance, no money for demolition. They're on their own," Burton said.
Land bank member Tony Vero brought up the matter because the Mansfield Planning Commission meets Tuesday at 3 p.m. and Skilken Gold is on the agenda to request a second, six-month extension.
New date for demolition is Dec. 4
This summer, the Mansfield Planning Commission voted to give Skilken Gold an extension to seek out a contractor and complete the demolition of the structure. The new date is Dec. 4.
In April, Skilken Gold representatives had come to the county land bank meeting to ask for money to demolish the cinema building at 1290 Park Avenue West but allow them to retain ownership of the building. That goes against how the land bank operates. Properties are either donated or they are forfeited to the land bank.
Skilken Gold also owns 1310 Park Avenue West, to the east of the theater building, the former JC Penney building, which does not warrant any type of demolition or condemnation orders at this time, according to Marc Milliron, manager of Mansfield Codes and Permits.
Vero said he plans to go to the meeting to object to any such extension in his role as a Richland County commissioner.
"They're already not through this extension and they want another six-month extension from December into next year?" Vero said.
Skilken Gold has owned building since 1984
Vero said he just sent out an email to Skilken Gold asking them to share any documents with the land bank about a potential retailer they referenced who has interest in the space, or as an alternative asked them if they would put demolition money in escrow if they want a second extension.
"They've owned the (theater) building since 1984," Vero said. "If anyone is responsible for the deterioration of the building it would be Skilken Gold."
Milliron confirmed he received notice from Skilken Gold requesting another extension as the company has a potential interested development for both the the theater and former JC Penney building and the matter is on next week's agenda.
Skilken was the former owner of the West Park Shopping Center on the Miracle Mile. And Skilken just sold the Appleseed Shopping Center.
Vero said this community is growing.
"We need to start cleaning out some of our major thoroughfares as we expand downtown," Vero said.
This article originally appeared on Mansfield News Journal: Land bank says Kingsgate Cinema owners responsible for demolition costs