On January 17, 2023, Clyde City Council passed ordinance 2023-11, purchasing the property at 306 W Maple St. for $7,500. The Clyde General Service Department will handle the demolition of the building, and that work is slated to begin on February 27, 2023.
In just under 45 days, the City has purchased, closed on, and will be demolishing this blighted property. This building has long been considered an eyesore and receives numerous complaints from citizens and neighbors as it does not conform to modern zoning requirements and has not seen proper investment or upkeep in many years. With the building's entrance sitting almost on the roadway and encroaching on the public right of way, a potential revitalization of this property would be hard to achieve. Over ten years ago, other structures on the property were torn down after falling into disrepair.
Clyde Lumber originally owned the building, and ClydeCo Cement Company operated their business out of it, but it has sat vacant and in disrepair for quite some time. Potential reuse of the property is severely limited due to the size of the parcel, setback requirements, and the property's zoning use fell back residential due to not having commercial activity for such a long time. To remove future issues with continued non-conformity and disinvestment, the City decided to purchase and remove the structure and additional concrete slabs. The City will retain ownership and maintain the land as green space for the time being.