The City of Knox is finally ready to tear down the first of eight houses slated for demolition through the blight elimination grant program. The Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority requires the first demolition be documented as part of the grant process. Knox Mayor Dennis Estok told the city council Tuesday the house at 424 Maple Drive in Parkview Heights is scheduled for demolition on Tuesday, June 21 at 9 a.m.
Hebron-based Chem Check, Inc. was previously awarded the contract to tear down the first four houses. After IHCDA signs off on the first demolition, Estok says the other three should come down quickly.
The city is currently soliciting bids for the second round of demolitions. Estok told the council Tuesday night the timeline for closing out the grant has been extended from August to November. He says the city can add two more blighted structures to the demolition list if they can find owners willing to sell their properties. Officials indicated they’ve already got one in mind.