Elkhart sets new deadline for clearing Main Street fire rubble

(Tim Vandenack/Elkhart Truth)

The rubble still remains on Main Street in Elkhart after a fire destroyed a building in July, but the city of Elkhart hopes it’s gone this time next week.

In fact, Elkhart Hearing Officer LeeRoy Berry hoped the charred brick, wood and scrap metal would have been cleared by this past Sunday. The new deadline is Sept. 15, according to our reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth.

Elkhart legal counsel Randy Arndt says the building’s owner told him that he was reviewing bids for clean-up on Sept. 1. He empathized with the owner, telling the Elkhart Truth he knows it’s expensive for him and that he’s saddened by it all.

The city will review where the building owner is on cleanup on Sept. 15 and will determine if future action is needed. If the rubble isn’t removed by Sept. 15, the city could try to take matters into their own hands, get permission to clean up the debris, and then bill the building’s owner.

The owner of Hardy’s Bar just north of there, Jan Hardy, says her business is ready to re-open, but she won’t until the debris is cleaned up, according to the Elkhart Truth.

RELATED: Spectacular fire destroys historic downtown Elkhart building


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