Imperial Tobacco Warehouse Update

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Recent controversy about whether or not the Imperial Tobacco Warehouse that burned down less than two weeks ago was insured.

Mike Hill, the son of the owner, says there has been speculation that he may have burned down the warehouse to gain insurance money, but he says the building was not insured.

The reason, he says is because it would have cost more money to insure the place than what the building was worth. Some local residents are also urging Wilson to save the water tower and smoke stack for historic reasons. But Wilson says it costs more to keep them because they need work, than it would to demolish them.

For now Wilson is putting up a fence around the property to stop through traffic. He currently has demolition crews bidding on the project. He hopes to start the process of tearing the structure down sometime next week.


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  • by Bill Location: Greenville on May 1, 2008 at 04:37 AM
    That place should have been torn down or atleast the owner should have been fined by the building inspector years ago. How can an absentee owner get away with leaving a building to rot for so long and the city officals ignore the blight. Hope the city has learned from their lack of code enforcement. That whole part of Greenville is a sorry sight to behold, there I said it!
  • by John Location: Greenville on Apr 30, 2008 at 06:42 PM
    Im sure the demolition crew bidding on it already have that junk sold.
  • by mike Location: greenville on Apr 30, 2008 at 06:24 AM
    does any one know what theyre doing with the brick? Id like to get my hands on some if theyre trashing them.
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