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NORTHWOOD, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Woodville Mall was condemned in December of 2011 after it was ruled unsafe to
be inside. After sitting empty for nearly two years, the building will be torn
Wood County judge ruled Thursday that the mall is a nuisance and the owners
must tear it down by May.
a bittersweet ruling for some, but necessary, according to others.
last memory Kelly Nelson has of the mall is being evicted two weeks before
Christmas in 2011.
definitely left a bad taste in our mouth, there's no doubt about that," said
Nelson, owner of the Amish Country Store. "We lost a lot of money in that situation."
then, Nelson has re-opened his store at the Great Eastern Shopping Center. News
of the demolition of the mall he visited as a child and worked in as an adult
sad to see it in the shape it's in, but it has to happen," he said. "We're over
the mall. We have our new store and we're doing well here, and that's all that
the mall closed, it has fallen into even more disrepair, and it has been broken
into. Northwood city officials wanted it declared a nuisance, and a judge
City Administrator Bob Anderson says he wished the property could have been
restored, but with the property being commercially zoned and all the utilities
still intact, opportunity will knock.
don't think, in the long run, we really had much choice," Anderson said. "It's
almost, sometimes, more expensive to rehab areas than it is to tear down and do
new construction. With the way we're doing it now…I'm hoping it will be
attractive to new businesses."