After picking up the necessary grants from several agencies, the process of demolishing the former State Farm headquarters in Marshall has begun. But that process carries with it a warning to those susceptible to dust and mold.The work should take about five weeks.

“The former State Farm building has been a problem property in Marshall for more than a decade and the Calhoun County Land Bank Authority is pleased to move forward with demolishing this blighted structure. We have worked tirelessly for nearly two years to bring together the necessary resources to move forward with this project and are glad to see it finally moving forward.” - Krista Trout-Edwards, Calhoun County Land Bank Authority.

Marshall Mayor Jack Reed says the property has been depressing property values in the neighborhood it's located. "We are eager to put the saga of this property in our rear view mirror and look forward to capitalizing on the full potential of this 7.5-acre property.” Previous efforts to sell the vacant property failed.

According to a release, demolition of the property will take approximately five weeks and will occur from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. "Melching Inc. will use a “dust destroyer” to keep the site wet and control dust and mold."

The city does warn neighbors to keep their windows and doors closed during demolition work, especially those who live suffer respiratory illnesses and asthma, along with those with allergies to mold and dust.

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