End of an Eyesore

Workers with Boyd Excavation from Abilene knock down the remainder of the PrimeTime convenience store Dec. 22. The old gas tanks were removed by the same company the day before.
Workers with Boyd Excavation from Abilene knock down the remainder of the PrimeTime convenience store Dec. 22. The old gas tanks were removed by the same company the day before.
An eyesore at the corner of Washington and D streets is finally gone?and there?s a possibility the MB Foundation could build a new office complex at that location.

Jon Wiebe, MBF president and CEO, said an individual purchased the prop?erty and is preparing it for future development.

?The (original) owner of this property is from Flor?ida, and the city (of Hillsboro) had condemnation issues with it because it is in disrepair,? Wiebe said.

While the city was dealing with the owner in Florida, Wiebe said, it?s the intent of MB Foundation to build on that corner.

?Cleanup is beginning by a third party (that bought the property) with the intention that the foundation will build an office complex,? he said.

The underground tanks were unearthed Dec. 21. Building demolition was completed the following day.

Boyd Excavating in Abilene removed the tanks and demolished the structures on the site.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment was at the location to ensure that removing the tanks and razing the building was done according to state code and regulations.

Because of potential environmental issues and the fact that MB Foundation is a nonprofit charity, the third party company in Wichita owns the property and is overseeing the cleanup.

Workers with Boyd Excavation from Abilene knock down the remainder of the PrimeTime convenience store Dec. 22. The old gas tanks were removed by the same company the day before.
Workers with Boyd Excavation from Abilene knock down the remainder of the PrimeTime convenience store Dec. 22. The old gas tanks were removed by the same company the day before.
MB Foundation is a financial stewardship ministry for the Mennonite Brethren Church in the United States.

?If our plans come together with the city and internally,? Wiebe said, ?and everything here works out well, our intention is to build a new building here.?