Township Continues Steps to Enforce Demolition of Former Witmark Building

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The Township’s Construction Board of Appeals upheld an order Sept. 21 to demolish the former Witmark building after receiving an appeal from the property owner.

The decision to deny the appeal was based upon the building’s dangerous, vacant and blighted condition that is unsafe and unfit for occupancy or repair.

Next, the Township will continue its process to enforce the demolition of the building.

The Township is required by state law to have a construction board of appeals to hear appeals related to the Township’s enforcement of its property maintenance and building codes. Board members have a background, training or experience in construction and working knowledge of the Township’s International Property Maintenance Code.

The order to demolish the blighted building at 4189 Jupiter Ave. NE was declared by the Township's Board of Trustees at their June 28 meeting. Under this action, the property will remain with the current owner, but for safety reasons, the building must be demolished.

Witmark was a former catalog showroom, jewelry and electronics store that operated in West Michigan from 1969-97. The majority of the building has remained vacant for more than 20 years.

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