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Woodville Mall to be torn down

NORTHWOOD, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The Woodville Mall was condemned in December of 2011 after it was ruled unsafe to be inside. After sitting empty for nearly two years, the building will be torn down.

A Wood County judge ruled Thursday that the mall is a nuisance and the owners must tear it down by May.

It's a bittersweet ruling for some, but necessary, according to others.

The last memory Kelly Nelson has of the mall is being evicted two weeks before Christmas in 2011.

"It definitely left a bad taste in our mouth, there's no doubt about that," said Nelson, owner of the Amish Country Store. "We lost a lot of money in that situation."

Since then, Nelson has re-opened his store at the Great Eastern Shopping Center. News of the demolition of the mall he visited as a child and worked in as an adult is bittersweet.

"It's sad to see it in the shape it's in, but it has to happen," he said. "We're over the mall. We have our new store and we're doing well here, and that's all that matters."

Since the mall closed, it has fallen into even more disrepair, and it has been broken into. Northwood city officials wanted it declared a nuisance, and a judge agreed.

Northwood City Administrator Bob Anderson says he wished the property could have been restored, but with the property being commercially zoned and all the utilities still intact, opportunity will knock.

"I don't think, in the long run, we really had much choice," Anderson said. "It's almost, sometimes, more expensive to rehab areas than it is to tear down and do new construction. With the way we're doing it now…I'm hoping it will be attractive to new businesses."

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