"Nobody went after them when they were going after me," Long said, adding there weren't any citations on the building she was aware of when she bought it.
Logansport Mayor Ted Franklin, who inherited the lawsuit after taking office in 2012, expressed his disagreement to that by pointing to the way his administration has been addressing blight in the city. He said 30 properties have been demolished since he took office and praised the work of the city code enforcement officer and building commissioner, who regularly bring forward code violations at board of public works and safety meetings.
Franklin also mentioned the ordinance recently passed by Logansport City Council that sets stricter standards for properties with boarded-up windows and the city's intention to apply for demolition dollars through the state.
Long said she doesn't know what will happen next with the building.
"I don't have the finances to take the asbestos out and I certainly don't have the finances to tear the building down," she said.
In light of that, Franklin said he isn't sure what will happen next with the building either. He added the structure, although blighted and in need of asbestos remediation, appears to be salvageable and is hopeful some kind of arrangement can be made.
"I'm open to finding a use for it," Franklin said.
Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him: @PharosMAK