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Brownton delays razing Turner property

At a Brownton forfeiture auction at the beginning of this year, Rockford resident John Turner bought properties he intended to renovate. One of those properties in Brownton, formerly Nelson’s Market, referenced as the “warehouse,” was the antagonist of a rancorous discussion that visibly and vocally enraged Council Member Curtis Carrigan and the city’s Public Works Supervisor Chad Draeger.
The building was on the Dec. 4 agenda to be “razed” — a complete demolition.
“The roof is caved in,” “dilapidated,” “run down” and “irreconcilable” were some of the buzzwords used describing the warehouse in the meeting where tensions ran high between a city investor and Brownton city leadership.

(For the complete story, see the Dec. 12 print edition of The Chronicle.)