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Two historic downtown buildings to be demolished

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Two historic buildings will not be saved from demolition.

They're the same buildings that have been dropping bricks onto the sidewalks below. Now, they've been deemed too far gone to be saved.

"I think they should leave it up and do something with it,” said Saginaw resident Maurice Harris.

Harris doesn’t want to see the buildings wiped from the landscape of downtown but soon the block of east Genesee between Washington and Franklin Streets will look a lot different.

The crumbling structures are owned by the Saginaw County Land Bank. They've been deemed unsafe and next week paperwork will be signed authorizing their tear down.

"It's part of downtown. It's history you know what I'm saying? I mean they haven't torn nothing else around here down. You know, I figured they'd just fix it up,” Harris said.

TV5 reached out to Saginaw County Treasurer Tim Novak. He wasn't available for an on-camera interview but he did say over the phone that the county will release its plans the first week of August as to when the wrecking ball will meet these buildings.

"I think as long as they have a good plan put in place I think it might be a good idea. You know we could use some development down here in downtown Saginaw,” said resident Corey Pritchett.

Pritchett is hoping the destruction of the buildings opens the door for more positive change in the heart of the city.

“More small businesses. Not so much the franchises coming downtown but more small businesses where our community people are running these businesses,” he said.

There were developers who showed interest in the structures but a deal between those folks and the Land Bank never materialized.

With bricks continuing to fall, county officials said they're done waiting and it’s time for action.

“It'll be kind of crazy but if they're just going to tear it down and put in a parking lot it doesn't make any sense. You know if they're going to do something constructive with it that would be nice,” Harris said.

The official announcement regarding the fate of these two buildings is expected this week. 

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