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Building won't be cleaned up soon

Friday, January 24, 2003

More than four months after the fire that destroyed a local landmark, the Movieland USA building, damaged from the fire and demolition of the Arketex building at Walnut Street and National Avenue, is still gathering dust and complaints.

"We have tried on several occasions to contact Bob Shuee, the owner of the building," said Mayor Kenneth Crabb. "He is currently in Florida, and he hasn't returned our calls."

The Arketex building caught fire late on Sept. 11, and the demolition began on Sept. 19. The Movieland building was damaged at that time. The roof on the eastern part of the building has collapsed, and a shattered window reminds residents of the demolition. From outward appearances, a piece of wood is all that is holding the remainder of broken glass in the window frame.

"My family owns the building, but it's not my business," said Bill Shuee, Bob's son. "I haven't been by the building in several weeks, and I was unaware of any problems. However, I can look into the problem."

Bill said that after the fire, Movieland USA was ready to reopen. However, during the demolition of the Arketex building, debris fell through the roof of the store and causing the window to shatter.

The building is insured and the insurance company and the building owners are in negotiation.

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