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Naples’ oldest standing storefront to be demolished

The village of Naples will lose its oldest standing commercial building following last week’s fire that displaced three families and two businesses. The pre-Civil War building at the corner of Main and Mill streets is posted unsafe and surrounded by yellow tape; a portion of Mill Street is also blocked off.

Insurance adjusters have declared the building a total loss, said Naples Code Enforcement Officer Frank Mueller. The two-story, balloon-frame constructed building was remodeled in the 1960s and again in the 1980s. Still, the blaze caused the roof to cave in on the first and second floors and there was massive smoke and water damage, he said.

Mueller said the structure at 102 N. Main St. won’t be an easy demolition due to its proximity to neighboring buildings. Mueller said he is in contact with the building owner, Dr. Wayne Chanler, who is in the process of getting quotes from demolition companies.

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