WARREN - The long abandoned Corner Pocket Bar, 822 E. Market St., was torn down Friday, clearing one of the city's high-traffic streets of an eyesore and a nuisance property.
The city is paying $9,800 to demolition contractor Holeton Inc. to have the building razed.
According to county records, Jerry O. Johnson, 1739 Niles Road, purchased 822 E. Market St., in 2001 for $130,000. The owner of the property owes $5,439 in back property taxes.
Tribune Chronicle / Raymond L. Smith
Bill Holeton of Holeton Inc. pulls rubble from the former Corner Pocket Bar, 822 E. Market St., as it is razed Friday after the property owner failed to pay property taxes.
A foreclosure complaint was filed by the county in May 2013, and it was finalized in September.
The cost of the demolition now will be added to the property taxes owed.
The city sent out the first notice for demolition in 2007 because it was an unsafe structure, according to Chris Taneyhill, city building inspector.
"It has continued to deteriorate since that time," Taneyhill said. "The building has been empty since 2007."
A former Warren resident reported to police in January 2009 that two men came from behind the then-abandoned bar demanding that he get into their SUV. When the man refused, a fight ensued. The two men got into their vehicle, shot the victim in the buttocks and then drove away.
In April 2009, two men were arrested as they emerged from the 822 East Market St. property.
Taneyhill in 2010 attempted to have the building demolished.