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Former city furniture store being demolished

December 31, 2013
By WARREN SCOTT - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - Crews with local contracting firm RSV Inc. on Monday began razing the former Top Value Furniture building on South Fourth Street.

RSV President Steve Vukelic said the demolition of the 6,000-square-foot, two-story structure is expected to be completed during the next few days.

Vukelic said he hopes in February to remove another 6,000-square-foot building adjacent to it. The building was part of the former furniture store but hadn't been condemned as the first half was, he said.

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BUILDING DEMOLISHED — Crews with RSV Inc. of Steubenville demolished nearly all of the former Top Value Furniture building on South Fourth Street Monday and are expected to remove the rest of the structure during the next few days. The 75-year-old building had been condemned some time ago. - Warren Scott

Top Value Furniture was operated by Phil Brown and Harry Sigesmund for more than 40 years, but the building sat vacant for a number of years before it was purchased by Vukelic and his son, Vance.

Vukelic said he acquired the 75-year-old building through the same purchase that involved the Grant School property. That site has been the location for the Steubenville Farmers Market in recent years.

Vukelic said once both sections of the furniture store are removed, the lot could offer a more central location for the market as well as parking space for the adjacent County Seat Community Center, formerly known as the Catholic Community Center.

Vukelic said he expended about $100,000 for the building's demolition, including $30,000 paid to Environmental Protection Systems of Girard to remove asbestos in it.

He said the building has been an eyesore for some time and he regrets that personal matters have kept him from removing it earlier.

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