"I'm as heartbroken as anybody," the mayor says. "But there comes a time when you have to say what's best for the future."
Even though Howe wants to preserve the square, he says he can't restore it alone if his neighbors don't step forward.
"It's up to the community. If the community wants to save them, they have to speak up," Howe says.
To demolish any buildings in the city, a permit must be submitted to the city. The mayor says a demolishing permit has not been submitted.
All of the buildings, with the exception of one, are owned by one person. Clayton Mullins is a private investor. He says the nature of being an investor is to invest in buildings, properties, and land, but he says he doesn't have plans to demolish any buildings right now.
Howe told me if he does gain the support he needs, he plans to file an injunction against any demolition that could happen on that side of the square.
The remaining two businesses on the south side of the square are leaving by June.
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