The multiple properties that once stood at Third and Morgan streets in Rushville have been reduced to a huge pile of rubble, although what is now and what will be in the near future have a very different look.

According to officials at City Hall, employees of local contractor R.L. Coon Excavating have been easy to work with and prompt in giving attention to what the Unsafe Hearing Board deemed this past summer as uninhabitable and an imminent danger.

“We are pleased with the progress that we have seen, and the ultimate removal of this building from our cityscape,” Jack Harmon, who serves the city as Code Enforcement Officer, said. “We would like to see this project get wrapped up, and finally have a good looking property that can serve our community.”

George and Mary Truster stepped forward Sept. 7 and assumed responsibility for the removal of the building. They were given 30 days by the board to demolish the buildings.

At that time, Rick Levi, who is acting as a legal representative for both former owners Darrel and Ramona Wilkinson and the Trusters, explained that the end result of the demolition and total project will be to restore the area to a parking lot that would be donated to the First Presbyterian Church, but also be available for city use during the work week.

“At this point, I believe the contractors are waiting on a piece of equipment to complete the job, so we should see continued progress in the coming weeks,” Harmon said.

Rushville Republican Staff Writer Starr Shuppert can be contacted at (765) 932-2222; at P.O. Box 189, Rushville, IN 46173; or at

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