Vacant downtown building may pose danger - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Vacant downtown building may pose danger

The current owner of 107 S. Main has had 17 years to fix  up the building, but it remains vacant. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) The current owner of 107 S. Main has had 17 years to fix up the building, but it remains vacant. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

For the second time, Downtown Memphis Commission is suing the owner of a vacant downtown building over its structural integrity. 

The vacant building, located at 107 S. Main Street, is a growing concern for Paul Morris with Downtown Memphis Commission.

"Most urgently right now, it's a safety risk," he said.

Morris says, recently, the commission hired a private engineer who evaluated the building from the outside. The engineer found moisture issues, in addition to structural integrity issues with the building. The commission is now requesting an emergency hearing on the issue in Shelby County Environmental Court on Thursday.

"We know it's hurting the neighborhood, but we don't want it to physically fall down on anybody and hurt someone," says Morris.

Many downtown residents and workers would prefer that the building to be put to use.

"Apartments or any type of retail space," says downtown resident Debra Taylor.

"Shoe shops, we need clothes," says downtown worker Joy Taylor. "When you see something that is boarded up, it makes you question what's going on.”

WMC Action News 5 reached out the building's current owner, Allan Long, for comment but has not heard back from him as of yet.

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