Today was a long time coming. The Manning Motel on Belknap Street in Superior was finally demolished. It had become a problem property in recent years because of it being vacant without really being vacant. Police have been called there numerous times due to trespassing, drugs, and other crimes that have occurred on the property.

Chris Kari

A few months ago Chris & Amy Kari purchased the motel and the land on it for a future location of Kari Toyota. The long process of working on safely tearing down the building began. The motel had asbestos materials in it, and required special asbestos removal teams to come in.

Meanwhile the property continued to deteriorate, and more police calls had to be made as people kept on breaking in. This building couldn't come down fast enough, but things had to be done on a timeline to ensure safety. Utilities had to be turned off and safely removed as well.

Chris Kari

Fortunately the Kari family allowed the Superior Fire Department and Police Department to use the vacant building for training exercises before it was demolished. The building served a final purpose of giving back to the community in what is potentially life saving training. Some of the exercises the fire department did include cutting through the roof and learning how to control a flat roof top fire. A lot of these firefighters have never had that kind of hands on training.

The future plan is to have Kari Toyota relocate to the lot and keep the family business in Superior for many more years. They've been documenting some of the stuff with the Manning Motel on their Facebook page and what their future plans are.

It's nice to see this area be revitalized and being put to good use.

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