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Prairie Township Apartment Complex to be Demolished

PRAIRIE TOWNSHIP (Terri Sullivan) -- An important deadline has come and gone for the fate of an apartment complex in Prairie Township.

Now, the complex has been cleared for demolition.

Prairie Township Administrator Tracy Hatmaker said the property, located along I-270, just south of Broad Street, has long been a source of controversy.

"This is a problem that the community has dealt with for over a decade and I think a deadline is a deadline at this point," Hatmaker said.

The property owner, Metro West, had been given until 5 p.m. Tuesday to deliver an asbestos report.

They failed to do so, and now the township has begun the process to tear it down.

Prairie Township has planned to do its own asbestos review, but it isn't expected to push back demolition.

Years ago, the complex was considered a popular place to live. But as Columbus grew, its appeal diminished.

Most people moved out after a devastating fire killed 10 people in 2004, including three little boys and their mom.

No one was ever charged.

The complex was since condemned.

Hatmaker said the demolition date could not come soon enough.   

"They like to wait. They like to take their time," he said. "But we're done. We're done."
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