Looks like the City did very well on the Election Day fire last year that destroyed the Vanduzee Street warehouse. It was finally revealed (through a WDT FOI request) that City Hall got a $750,000 insurance check on a building they had just taken title to. The City's blanket property policy automatically covers a newly acquired building without scrutiny for a period of 90 days.
Normally a vacant building like this would be difficult to insure and according to reports the insurance company disputed the claim.
News of the possible insurance windfall was known to me last fall when I saw an adjuster looking up records on the property, but this was kept on the down low for some reason.
Demolition costs totaled nearly $600K, so in the end the City got the property for taxes and the demolition done with some cash left over.
In essence, while it was a danger to neighbors, the arsonist (s) did the City a favor, which surely made the insurance carrier sick to is stomach.
Twice in this news story, the reporter referred to the blaze as an "Election Day fire', a sign of the lingering suspicions about this unsolved arson, along with others earlier last fall.
Another point....If this insurance payment came in July, was City Council aware of it since it would have a real effect on city finances, and if they did know,why didn't the public find out without the pulling-teeth exercise of an FOI ?