Board Orders Demolition of Former Florists Building

Story by John Hutoari of Oak Ridge Today

(Oak Ridge Today) Thursday the Oak Rid

A city board on Thursday ordered the owner of Price Florist on Oak Ridge Turnpike to demolish the building within 60 days.
A city board on Thursday ordered the owner of Price Florist on Oak Ridge Turnpike to demolish the building within 60 days.

ge Board of Building and Housing Code Appeals voted unanimously to order the owner of the former Price Florist building on Oak Ridge Turnpike to demolish it within 60 days. The Board had considered whether to issue a demolition or repair order for the once-thriving store during three other meetings this year, but members had given property owner Patricia Warren of Crossville several extensions to allow her time to come back with a sales contract, repair plan, or demolition permit. On Thursday, they said she had run out of time. Warren has cleaned up the property and had hoped to sell the 0.35-acre site. But on Thursday, she said it hasn’t sold yet. Warren said she has hired contractor Laurel Patrick to determine whether it can be repaired or demolished. If it can be repaired, Patrick will submit a detailed plan and should have an expected construction start date by Monday, Warren said. If it isn’t worth repairing, a demolition permit will be sought, Warren said. In June, the board declared the building a nuisance and unfit for human occupation or use. Earlier this year, the city staff said the now-unused building was in severe disrepair, citing fire code violations, a leaking roof, electrical hazards, plumbing issues, and broken concrete floors, among other things.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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