Cleaning Up an Eyesore

For years now the buildings on the Southwest corner of South Washington and Mirabeau have been slowly falling apart. They were recently purchased by an adjacent business and through a grant demolition began on October 22, 2013. Plans are to convert the empty lot to a green space or park for the community to enjoy. Several other abandoned homes are scheduled to be demolished in the near future.

In the past these buildings have housed doctor’s offices, restaurants, and a barber shop. One of the most famous was Jeff’s Corner, a small tavern operated by Jeff Pollard. The corner building, the one in the photo gallery, was for decades used as a bar. In the 1940s and 50s it was Doc’s Place, operated by Lawrence “Doc” Heaton. In the 60s it became Stewart’s and was owned by Ralph and Phyllis Stewart. Sometime later it was purchased by Dave Pryor and the name was changed to Rosie’s. In its final days the inside was made into apartments.

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