The Bingen City Council has hired a contractor to raze the city-owned, single-story rental duplex at 110/111 Willow Street in Bingen.
The property connects to the city's lot at 400 W. Steuben. The site is expected to eventually be used to build a new community center/City Hall on the land.
The city bought the property in October 2000 for $85,000 to allow more room for the proposed new buildings.
"We will grade the site and gravel it," said Mayor Brian Prigel.
Prigel said the lot measured approximately 50 feet by 100 feet, and the northwest corner of the parcel connects with the existing empty lot at 400 W. Steuben.
The demolition is planned to eventually clear the way for new construction. Currently, the Bingen Fire Department's fire trucks are stationed on the lot while a new fire hall is completed.
The City Council unanimously approved the demolition at its Nov. 4 meeting.
"The city bought this property for that purpose," Prigel explained. "We bought the duplex some time ago, and they had tenants in them for awhile."
Prigel said the duplex will be torn down soon.
"Within weeks," he said.
A contractor from the city's small works roster, Three Kings Environmental, a Battle Ground business, will do the work.
"They'll be tearing them down and tearing out the concrete slab beneath them and taking out the fence," he explained.
The cost of the demolition will be approximately $7,000.
"In the short-term, the land will be used to add parking for events in the park," Prigel added.
According to Prigel, plans for designing and constructing a new community center/City Hall on the plot are on hold.
"At this point, it's just an idea," Prigel said. "We need to get our current projects done before we plan on the next one."