Historic buildings come with plenty of charm, character and often a hefty dose of maintenance. Downtown landlords have been battling dry wood termites by spot treating for years. This year a group of property owners is working together to win the war. On Monday, June 27, 2016, the entire east side of the 400 block of Donnelly Street will be enclosed in a tent for three days to fumigate with Vikane gas to eliminate dry wood termites. The protective action is necessary during the insects' swarming season for the safety of everyone and every building on the block. The large fumigation project involves nine historic buildings, five different landlords, thirty-seven businesses, and five apartment residents. Business owners and residents will not have access to their leased property during the three-day fumigation process. All five unrelated building owners on this block are working together on this project and coordinating meetings with the fumigation company to assist tenants with specific questions and concerns. "If there was any other solution which could still protect our safety, and that of these historic buildings, please trust me when I say I would embrace it. Sadly, fumigation is our only option," said Sandi Weld, property manager for CFL Property Group, one of the affected landlords.
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