The owner of the building destroyed in the April 17 fire in downtown John Day said he will be selling the property and has no plans to rebuild. Chris Emery, who resides in Portland, said his family acquired the property in the 1980s and he has owned the building since the 1990s. He said in an email he does not have insurance on the building, nor the funds to repair or demolish what remains of the structure.
Real market value for the lot was listed as $137,820, with the land assessed at $33,230 and the building assessed at $104,590, according to the Grant County Assessor’s Office.
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