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Photo credit: City of RacinePart of the former Azarian building and former Park 6 building have their fate set as both buildings will be torn down in the city’s historic district.

The buildings are not part of the same project. The former Azarian building is part of the Machinery Row project on Water St. while the Park 6 building is at 500 6th St.

After years of conflict and a lawsuit lodged by its former owners alleging racism by city officials, the Park 6 building will be demolished sometime soon, said Matt Sadowski, interim assistant director of planning for Racine.

Sadowski told members of the Landmark Preservation Committee that Azarian Wrecking has been contracted to do the work, but no definitive date has been set.

Committee members said the roof has leaked, that it’s absolutely demolished, and the estimated cost of repairing it would be more than $500,000.

“Nobody is going to touch it,” said Christine Flynn, owner of DP Wigley and member of the committee.

Sadowski also told the committee that city officials had met with the developers of the Machinery Row project and one of the buildings is set to be town down by the end of February. A multi-phase retail and apartment complex, the project is expected to occupy a 20-acre site. But the developer Rodney Blackwell, owner of Iowa-based FDP Properties, ended up having to evict two tenants that have property stored at 900 Water St.

One of the buildings that is part of the Machinery Row project is collapsing, but the warehouse at 900 Water St. could be coming down this month.

“They will take down the northern portion of just the 900 building because it’s collapsing,” Sadowski said.

The City expects FDP to present its conditional use and re-zoning package by mid-week.

“That’s going to include the architectural drawings, the site plan and a description of how the space is going to be used,” he said. “Right now they are definitely looking at 100 units of residential space.

“Then they may have commercial, office, or even more residential… the buildings are huge with 700,000 square-feet of floor area,” Sadowski said.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.

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