Safety Board to consider demolition of burned Bingham Square building

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Nov. 13—ANDERSON — The Anderson Board of Public Safety will conduct a hearing on the condemnation of two longstanding buildings.

The Safety Board voted last month to condemn the "J" building at Bingham Square that was damaged by fire in May 2022.

Todd Fisher, director of the Anderson Municipal Development Department, said he would request to the Board of Public Safety that the building be demolished. The board will meet at 4 p.m. Monday in the council chambers of the Anderson City Building.

The apartment complex, along with Madison Square Apartments, is owned by Property Resource Associates.

"The owners have insurance. They should pay to clear the property," Fisher said at the October meeting.

The Anderson Redevelopment Commission has filed a lawsuit against Property Resource Associates for a breach of contract, claiming that needed improvements to the Bingham Square Apartments have not been made.


—Trinna Davis, with the Anderson Municipal Development Department, also received approval from the Board of Public Safety to condemn the former church building at 14th and Lincoln streets.

She said broken glass is falling from the building onto Lincoln Street and the building is not secure, allowing people to enter the structure.

Davis said the safety board will be asked at the Nov. 13 meeting to demolish the building, which is owned by Florida-based Mak Land Trust.

"We've asked them to secure and clean-up the building," Fisher said. "It has been vacant for many years."

At one time, the building was purchased by JobSource with the intention of using the facility to construct pre-fab housing. But no work has been done on the building to prepare it for that purpose.

—The board gave owner Yolanda Caraballo four months to start making repairs on properties at 1509 W. Fourth St., 1315 Arrow Ave., and 1519 W. Fifth St.

Fisher said she has to show significant progress on the repair of the building and a contractor has to report back to the safety board.

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