McClung demolition nearing completion, bricks to be donated

McClung demolition nearing completion, bricks to be donated to Knox Heritage

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City officials say demolition at the McClung Warehouses site is near completion. City officials say demolition at the McClung Warehouses site is near completion.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The City of Knoxville is donating 500 bricks from the McClung Warehouses to Knox Heritage.

City officials say demolition of the last remaining building neared completion Friday. It is being demolished because it is in danger of collapsing after two huge fires at the site, one in 2007 and the other earlier this month.

Knox Heritage, a nonprofit historic preservation advocacy group, plans to sell the bricks as a fundraiser to benefit its J. Allen Smith Endangered Properties Fund. The money will then go to help save other historic and endangered properties.

A resident and a business, Sanders Place Architecture, were also allowed to move back into the building at 514 W. Jackson Avenue Friday. It had been ordered vacated for safety reasons after the February 1 fire.

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero says the city remains committed to redeveloping its Jackson Avenue properties, which were acquired in November 2013 in a settlement with a bankruptcy trustee.

The city is hopeful a developer or developers will be able to assume ownership of the properties by the end of the year.

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