The last vehicle to pull into Long's service station in Lavista is a bulldozer. The structure that stood for almost a half century comes crashing down in a half hour.
“It’s a good day because we’re taking down an eyesore and a hazard,” LaVista city official Mitch Beaumont said about the southeast corner of 72nd and Harrison.
The city’s nuisance file on the station dates back to 1972. A half dozen court ordered city cleanups followed. The last came just a few weeks ago the prepare for the final push.
LaVista city officials said demolition cost about $14,000. After various clean-up costs are added in the final cost will be about $25,000.
Neighbors said its worth their tax money. “If the city feels he didn’t maintain the property and it’s a hazard then it’s got to come down,” says Larry Goforth.
Cyrus Long owns the station and corner property. For years he’s battled with city officials over conditions inside the old station. His appeals ran out and the city rolled in with a demolition crew. The cost will be tacked on as a lien for whenever the land is sold.
Long said no comment when asked about his future plans for the now leveled land.