BEND - The owner of a northside industrial site that
West Bend officials claim is “unsafe and dangerous” said
Monday he will fight the city’s efforts to tear down his
John Bagley, owner of JHB Design and Construct LLC, said
he is renovating the building at 2100 Northwestern Ave.
and will raze the portion of the structure that is no
longer usable. A portion of the 97,000-square-foot
building is 87 years old.
He said his remodeling plan has been approved by the
state Department of Natural Resources and he plans to
continue working on the structure.
“The building has been improved,” he said.
West Bend officials announced Thursday the city started
legal action to close down the site, stating, “The
property remains a substantial risk to public safety
including a recent fire that went unreported for 24
hours, numerous calls for police intervention, building
inspection violations, unsafe conditions for anyone on
the premises and a building that has been stripped of
any remaining assets.”
“The city has been trying to claim that property for
over 20 years,” Bagley said.
City Administrator T.J. Justice said West Bend has tried
to work with Bagley to redevelop the property but that
he “has failed to make substantial progress.”