Demolition work nears completion on former Hornets Pointe apartment complex

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The overall demolition process is not fully complete at the former Hornets Pointe apartment complex, but could be complete by the end of this week.

City of Emporia communications officer Christine Johnson said the demolition contractor had flat concrete and the building’s foundation to remove. Once this process is complete, contract workers will bring fill soil to the site, level it and reseed the land.

Demolition work on the building followed City Commission approval in early July after fire left all exterior walls standing, but essentially destroyed the entire interior by mid-December. He also followed what can be described as a slow process in conjunction with the building owner’s insurance company. Johnson says the insurance process is currently between the owner and the company. City Manager Trey Cocking said the building owner should pay all costs associated with the demolition to the city. If this does not happen, the process moves to a tax lien on the property, followed by a tax seizure in an attempt to sell the space.

Meanwhile, the investigation continues into the cause, which was listed as arson shortly after the fire. No suspicious information was disclosed. If you have any information, call Emporia Fire at 620-343-4230, Emporia Police at 620-343-4200 or Lyon County Crime Stoppers at 620-342-2273. Lyon County Crime Stoppers still has a reward of up to $1,000 leading to the arrest and conviction of those allegedly involved.

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