Fire-damaged apartment building in Ringwood to be demolished

Published: Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 6:06 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 12:09 a.m. CDT

RINGWOOD – A long vacant apartment building is set to be demolished.

The Ringwood Village Board voted unanimously in favor of hiring a contractor to demolish the apartment building at 5204 Barnard Mill Road if the owner, Debbie Foster of Crystal Lake, doesn't meet the March deadline to have the building demolished.

Trustee Gary Reinwall was absent from Friday's special meeting.

An appellate court decision in March ended a legal battle that dates to July 2007, in which Foster tried to fight the demolish order. She hoped to repair the two-story structure, which contained one studio and seven single-bedroom apartments.

The apartment building has been vacant since a fire left it uninhabitable in 2006, Village President Rick Mack said. The cost of demolishing the building is estimated at $32,000, which the village hopes to recoup by putting a lien on the property.

Another property, a single-family home at 5107 Barnard Mill Road, was demolished Monday by the village after a fire in January left it uninhabitable.

The demolition cost the village about $15,500, and the village is in the process of putting a lien on the property, Mack said.

The homeowner, Diane E. Wagner, didn't have the funds to repair it or tear it down, he said.

"Unfortunately, it was a beautiful historic home in Ringwood, but it's destroyed now," Mack said.

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