Tuesday, September 16, 2008
DALLAS -- The owners of the Blue Garden were cleaning the abandoned building up, but progress has come to a halt, leaving a visibly abandoned building on Main Street in the downtown core.
City Manager Jerry Wyatt said city staff is trying to contact the current owner, Jennifer Goodman of Independence, to discuss the building's future and present an update of her plans to the city council in October.
Goodman also owns J. Bella Ristaurante in Independence. She did not return Itemizer-Observer phone calls asking for comment on the matter.
The Blue Garden was a restaurant for many years, but after changing many owners, it closed eight years ago when the previous owner just walked out the door and never returned.
Wyatt said the building was declared a public nuisance by the city in 2005 for public safety reasons.
A year and a half ago, the city inspected the building and found trash, debris, and damage from the rain and snow as there are holes in the roof.
"All the furniture was wet because (the owner) closed up one night and didn't come back," Wyatt said.
He said Goodman cleaned dumpsters full of trash out of the building eight months ago, but there hasn't been any activity since to show the building is being repaired.
Goodman did not share her plan for the building with the city, Wyatt said.
He said the city council needs to be updated on the building's progress and he would like to see the roof replaced to protect the building from the elements.
The city is in the process of developing a new streetscape plan for the downtown area to make the city more attractive.