PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

March 6, 2013

PN-GISD’s old bank building demolished

Mary Meaux
Port Arthur News

PORT NECHES — A long vacant bank building at the corner of Port Neches Avenue and Nall Street is no more.

The building, which is the site of the former First National bank, was recently demolished ending the years long effort by Port Neches-Groves Independent School District to sell the building.

PN-GISD trustees approved the demolition by C&C Demo Inc. of Orange during a January meeting at a cost of $24,750. Superintendent Rodney Cavness said the building would have been more costly to repair as it had become a safety hazard.

“Over the years the Board received numerous inquiries from prospective buyers. However, none of them materialized or the offers were not acceptable to the Board,” Cavness said. “The condition of the bank building had deteriorated to a point that it would have likely been expensive to renovate and it was also becoming a safety hazard. Removing the structure could make the property more attractive to prospective buyers if the Board chooses to sell it.”

The district came into possession of the property in 1991 and had previously hoped to sell the building but bids came in way under the $114,000 minimum acceptable bid, according to a story that ran in a September 2005 edition of The Port Arthur News.

Trustees took the property back on the market in 2005 as talk began of development along the riverfront. It was under the leadership of past Superintendent Jimmy Creel that the district decided to be rid of the property as it did not play into the future of the district.

The issue of whether to sell or demolish the building was on-again and off-again for several years and bids were taken once again in 2010. At that time a local businessperson expressed interest in purchasing the property and spoke to trustees in March 2010.

The sale of the property never came to fruition and the building continued to deteriorate.

PN-GISD trustees have not made a final decision as to the fate of the property.

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