IRONWOOD - The condemned structure at 213 Bonnie St. has been demolished and work has begun on removing the refuse.
Ironwood City Manager Scott Erickson told the city commission last week that the removal of the demolished building and the considerable contents is a work in progress.
He said different materials in the structure have to be sorted before they can be removed and metal items were trucked away last week.
The city is paying Jake's Excavating $53,000 to clean up the blighted parcel. There's a high heap of refuse to sort through at the site, where the project will extend through the winter and into spring.
The clean-up project began with the removal of asbestos from the former Peterson grocery store building most recently owned by John Harteloo, who made no effort to clean up the site in the past few years, leading to the condemnation declaration by the city commission because of health hazards.
The asbestos was removed after an environmental assessment was conducted on the site.
On another eyesore, Erickson said considerable progress has been made on cleaning up a blighted parcel on West Larch Street, where the city removed four truckloads of refuse.