Official: Building collapse may be good thing

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OTSEGO, Mich. (AP) - The collapse of an outbuilding under the weight of snow at the site of a former paper mill in southwestern Michigan may end up being a good thing.

Dan Wedge, executive director of services for Allegan County, tells the Kalamazoo Gazette (http://bit.ly/1cbO47K ) that the collapse “may actually reduce the demolition cost for that particular building.”

The county was notified last week by the city of Otsego that the empty building near the Kalamazoo River that was slated for demolition had collapsed. The county owns the property after the most recent owner failed to pay property taxes. A buyer is being sought.

Rock-Tenn Co. formerly operated the site about 35 miles south of Grand Rapids. Before it closed in 2004, the mill had been one of Otsego’s largest taxpayers and employers.

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Information from: Kalamazoo Gazette, http://www.mlive.com/kalamazoo

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