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City demolishes closed store

WARREN — The former Atlantic Beverage, 408 Atlantic St., was demolished earlier this month as part of a 10-building demolition project paid for with funds city’s Community Development Department.

“People living in the area are glad to see the building torn down,” Warren Councilman Alford Novak, D-2nd Ward, said. The store had for years been known as an area where drug trafficking and other crimes took place, according to Novak.

“We had it shut down at least three times,” he said.

Warren Police Department’s street crime unit in 2015 made four controlled buys of narcotics from inside the store, investigators said. The buys, combined with numerous complaints by area residents received by the police department and city hall, were enough to convince a judge to allow its closure.

In December 2013, one teen was wounded and another killed on consecutive days outside the store.

Since that time, the building had been a storage location for a local nonprofit, Novak said.

In addition to Atlantic Beverage, seven other properties, including 960 Highland Ave. SW, 801 Mahoning Ave. NW, 1616 Tod Ave. SW, 2022 Van Wye St. SE, 2045 Van Wye St. SE, 1426 Niles Road SE and 2019 / 2025 W. Market St. have been demolished.

The buildings at 1830 Ridge Ave. SE and 1445 Elm Road SE are scheduled to be demolished. These demolitions are expected to be completed in February.

Gibbs Construction, 2975 N. Salem Warren Road, won the bid to demolish the buildings. Demolition costs of $110,639 were paid for through Warren Community Development.

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