Demolition Begins On Empty L’burg Shopping Center
By Mike Perleberg
The Durbin Plaza in Lawrenceburg is being demolished to make way for new development downtown. Photo by Mike Perleberg, Eagle Country 99.3.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Work has started on demolishing the dilapidated Durbin Plaza shopping center in Lawrenceburg.
Demolition crews with Howard Excavation began knocking down the 40,00-square foot building on Front Street last week. The retail building first opened in 1959.
The site is being eyed for new development in the city’s downtown. Lawrenceburg Mayor Kelly Mollaun would prefer to see the property eventually host something that provides jobs.
“I would like to see maybe a nice multi-story call center or something to that effect,” Mollaun told Eagle Country 99.3 in February. “It would just look good in that area of town rather than maybe a warehouse or something like that. A warehouse, of course, wouldn’t bring as many jobs I believe.”
The Durbin Plaza was closed by the city’s building inspector in 2014 due to health and safety concerns. It has sat empty and surrounded by a chain link safety fence for much of the time since then. The Lawrenceburg Redevelopment Commission has entered an agreement to purchase the property as part of a settlement for a 2015 lawsuit against the city filed by the plaza’s current owner, DIY LLC.
One of the Durbin Plaza’s former tenants, Dollar General, opened a new location on nearby Tate Street in February.
There are also plans in the works for another Lawrenceburg strip mall. The Lawrenceburg Redevelopment Commission recently approved an $840,000 grant that will go towards upgrading the Dearborn Plaza on U.S. 50 for two potential new tenants.
Photo by Mike Perleberg, Eagle Country 99.3.