The City of Dothan Planning Department is seeking permission to demolish a small building at 101 East Crawford Street that once housed Barrentine's Fish Market.

Staffers with the City of Dothan are petitioning to demolish one of the downtown buildings due to potential safety and security reasons.

The Historic Preservation Commission will consider the city’s request regarding the structure at 101 East Crawford St. during its Thursday meeting. The building, located behind the former Frith Hardware, served as the home of Barrentine’s Seafood Market for several years.

According to city documents, building official Craig Walden inspected the building on April 15 and noted it was missing “significant structural components” – namely, a roof. Dothan Planning Director Todd McDonald said the missing roof could allow water to seep into the existing block structure, making the blocks heavy and uneven – a safety hazard.

The building also lacks security measures, which have allowed the homeless to sleep there, McDonald added. The city investigated the structure after someone filed a complaint.

Dothan’s planning department files requests to raze structures periodically throughout the year, though the vast majority of them involve residential properties. McDonald said requests to demolish commercial buildings are rare in the city because building owners often work with city officials in bringing the structures up to code.

The city remains in discussions with the owner of the 101 East Crawford facility, who may opt to handle the demolition himself, McDonald said.

While some buildings may appear to be in poor condition, the city cannot file claims against owners as long as the structures are secure and abide by code. The Dothan City Commission must rule on demolition requests, though the facility in question requires an extra step since the building is in a historical district.

Should the HPC recommend razing the facility, the Dothan City Commission will consider the request at a later date.

Though the structure lies within a historical district, the building itself does not contribute any historic value, said city planner Anthony Vallone.

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