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Owner to demolish collapsed Milwaukee building (UPDATE)

The two-story Sweet House in Walker's Point in Milwaukee, built in 1845, collapsed Satruday. (Photo by David La Haye)

Part of the Sweet House in Walker's Point in Milwaukee, built in 1845, collapsed Saturday. The roof of the two-story structure caved in, destroying the upper floor. By Monday, most of the debris had been removed by the city. (Photo by David La Haye)

By Sean Ryan

The owner of the 1845 brick building that partially collapsed Saturday in Milwaukee is requesting permission to demolish the structure.

The owner of the building, Clifford Gross, on Monday applied for a city permit to demolish the two-story brick building at 1216 S. 1st St., said Todd Weiler, spokesman for the Milwaukee Department of Neighborhood Services.

The building’s roof and part of its second story collapsed over the weekend. By Monday afternoon, all of the bricks and debris from the collapse had been cleaned up, Weiler said.

The city in November ordered Gross to repair the roofs on both buildings after inspectors discovered holes and defective and missing roofing material. The department gave Gross until March 25 to fix the problem, so

Gross already faced a city order to renovate or demolish the buildings, Weiler said.

“Obviously, Mother Nature made up his mind for him,” Weiler said.

The building does not have city, state or federal historic designation or protection.

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