Building Demolition Underway (photos)

The abandoned building was purchased by the City of Prophetstown last year.
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A building on East Railroad Street in Prophetstown, that has been eye sore for many years, is being demolished.

Demolition on the structure at 114 East Railroad, often referred to as the “old telephone building” began last week before being stopped due to concern for items belonging to an adjacent property owner found on the building property, not being moved from the site.

Crews returned to the site on Monday morning to resume their work.

The building has been empty for over 20 years suffering from neglect and water damage. Prophetstown Mayor, Steve Swanson, after many attempts was finally able to locate the current owner of the property with the city council agreeing to purchase the property for $1,000 with the intention of tearing it down.

Associated Services Enterprise from Dixon won the bid for the demolition from the city with a bid of $18,000 in November.

It is the second building on the block to be razed in recent years.

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