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Downtown building demolition delayed

Plans to remove the condemned downtown Sunnyside building on South Sixth Street have been delayed a few weeks at the request of downtown merchants.

The Anciso building, which was scheduled for demolition beginning today (Thursday), has been delayed until after the first of the year, said Mike Storms, a Sunnyside building department official.

Storms said downtown businessmen were concerned they would lose business during their peak sales season if the street was blocked off for the next week.

He said city hall received calls from Mark Peterson, the owner of H&H Furniture, located at the corner of South Sixth Street and East Edison Avenue, requesting the city reconsider the timing of the building's removal.

Peterson was upset that the city was closing the street without giving the merchants prior notice.

Peterson, who was in meetings this morning, told the Daily Sun News Wednesday that he was upset that the city chose to close the street a week before Christmas, which could adversely impact his sales.

Storms said the city in no way wants to impact the sales of the downtown merchants.

Storms said Thursday's demolition, which had been scheduled at the convenience of Russell Crane, will be postponed until Jan. 3, 2005.

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