Fair Oaks

Demolition work continued Wednesday at Fair Oaks. The work is wrapping up on the sixth and final building as part of the Phase 1 demolitions at the east side public housing complex.

DANVILLE – Debris is now being hauled away from the sixth building as part of the first phase of demolitions at Fair Oaks.

Danville Public Works Director Carl Carpenter updated the city council’s Public Works Committee on the project Tuesday night, saying the city took the sixth building down on Tuesday.

The city has been behind schedule and costs also have been coming in higher.

Demolition started July 8 at Fair Oaks. The initial agreement was for the Housing Authority of the City of Danville to pay the city a cost not to exceed $110,000 for the demolitions of the buildings at 940-956 Lewis Lane, 1639-1653 Fairchild Street, 900-918 Wakely Drive, 924-942 Wakely Drive, 901-919 Belton Drive and 922-940 Belton Drive.

There are 57 units being demolished, with the majority of the 130 displaced individuals having moved out of the area.

Carpenter said about $20,000 more was going to be needed to complete demolition on the sixth building. He said the housing authority signed off on the additional expense.

Another phase of demolitions hasn’t yet been announced.

In other business at Tuesday’s Public Works Committee meeting, aldermen discussed an updated gaming revenue vs. other revenue spreadsheet compiled by the city of local bars and establishments and the revenue they make off video gaming machines.

Big 4 Tavern owner Michael Gregory said the numbers weren’t correct in how city officials were looking at them to see which establishments were seeing more than 49 percent of their revenue coming from video gaming.

The city’s spreadsheet showed at least five with video gaming revenue percentages higher than 49 percent.

City officials since June have talked about ways to prevent video gaming parlors in the city.

Language was proposed by city administration to amend Chapter 96 of city code pertaining to intoxicating liquor. The sentence to be added to reflect how the city had been operating was “For any license issued under this chapter that allows for video gaming on the licensed premises, the revenue the license holder may generate from video gaming shall not exceed 49 percent of the license holder’s total gross revenue.”

Some bar owners said this would shut down some businesses.

Now city officials are looking at having a license to limit businesses and establishments with video gaming.

The committee also heard from Carpenter about the seal coat program for city streets starting.

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