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Athens threatens lien if tornado-damaged business not cleared

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One wall remains standing and debris litters the site of the former business. One wall remains standing and debris litters the site of the former business.
ATHENS, AL (WAFF) -

The Athens City Council has given a businessa two-week deadline to clear a destroyed building or face a lien. City leaderssaid a 2011 tornado destroyed the building and the site's appearance has notchanged since.

This is not the first time the city has givensuch a warning; they have had to do it a number of times in other areas. Cityleaders said after nearly three years, it is now time to clean up this specificproperty, which sits on the south side of the Athens city limits, off Highway31 near the Athens and Tanner border.

The city council has given the propertyowners 14 days to clean everything up. Only one wall remains standing, anddebris litters the property. City leaders said they have taken all the legalsteps they need to, and if the property isn't cleaned up by mid-March, citycrews will move in, clean it up, and then place a lien on the property.

A city spokesperson said they've done thiswith several other dilapidated and unsafe houses, but this is only one of a fewbusinesses that had significant damage from the 2011 tornadoes.

The spokesperson said the mayor has addressedthe problem with the property owner and the bank.

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