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Elkhart home on Divison Street finally knocked down

The city of Elkhart and the homeowner often had extended wranglings until the home on Division Street was condemned for various code and health concerns last year.

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 4:22 p.m.

ELKHART — A home in one of Elkhart’s historic districts that had a long track record of code violations is essentially gone.

After years of wrangling with city code officers, Dan Taylor saw his house at 167 Division St. get knocked down Monday, April 28.

Taylor had a long history of protesting code enforcement orders, but circumstances changed last year when the property was condemned for various code and health concerns. An order to demolish was made early this year.

Cross Excavating & Demolition, Dowagiac, Mich., knocked down the house and garage Monday after Taylor, on Friday, asked for more time over the weekend to clear more belongings out.

On Monday, most of the two structures came down rather quickly.

Excavating machines barely had to touch the garage roof to make it collapse, according to building commissioner Denny Correll.

The second floor of the house, which had sustained weather damage over the years, collapsed just as easily because of its rotted condition, he said.

The land will be cleared and seeded within a few days, Correll said.

The property is in the historic State Division neighborhood just outside of the downtown business district.

Taylor still owns the property, but a lien covering the cost of demolition will be attached to the deed, he said.

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