Hannibal City Attorney James Lemon says a judge ruled in favor of the city Tuesday by holding the owner of the property at 213 Broadway in contempt.
Ron Richter was told in court June 11 he had ten days to start repair or demolish the crumbling structure. That request was not fulfilled.
The ruling allows the city to begin demolition as soon as possible.
Before demolition can begin, the neighboring building at 211 Broadway must be stabilized. Lemon says the city council already accepted a $5,000 bid from River City Restoration for the demolition and a $34,000 bid from a St. Louis company to stabilize the neighboring structure.
Richter was order by the judge to pay those costs.
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