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Independence neighbors call building 'eye-sore,' demand action

Posted at 5:12 PM, Aug 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-27 18:12:48-04

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — People in Independence, Missouri are upset over a building they say has become an eye-sore in their community. 

"Virtually, nothing has been done to this building over the last 11 years," said Elisa Breitenbach, Independence Resident. 

In those 11 years, Breitenbach has lived next door to what was once the Monte Parker Printing business. Before his passing, the owner, Monte Parker, donated the building and property to a nearby church. 

"The doors are wide open, both upstairs and downstairs in the basement, no one seems to care," said Breitenbach. 

Over the years, Breitenbach said she's shared her concerns with the city of Independence and the Community of Christ Church, and made no progress. 

Sunday, Breitenbach posted photos of the building to the Independence Missouri Community Awareness Facebook page. As of Monday afternoon, the post received nearly 100 likes and comments. 

"I was overwhelmed, it was really nice to see that many people cared," said Breitenbach. 

Overall, Breitenbach feels the building is dangerous. She said it's become a gathering place for the homeless and is worried for their safety. 

41 Action News reached out to Community of Christ Church. They confirmed the property does belong to them. They did not want to go on-camera, instead provided a statement in response to an upset community. 

"A potential buyer for the property at 1106 W. Walnut St. is examining the building with a potential renovation in mind. If this buyer declines, the building likely will be demolished," said Steve Graffeo, Counselor to the Presiding Bishop of Community of Christ Church. 

Demolition or renovation, Breitenbach said she'd be happy either way, as long as something is being done. 

41 Action News also asked Community of Christ Church how long the potential buyer has to make a decision on the building, the church responded stating that it is unknown at this point.