Contractors work on the party wall separating the Parker Hotel and its neighboring building Wednesday afternoon. (HCP Photos/Caitlin Forsha)
Contractors work on the party wall separating the Parker Hotel and its neighboring building Wednesday afternoon. (HCP Photos/Caitlin Forsha)
As work continues on the Parker Hotel in uptown Hillsboro, the official demolition will be delayed at least one day, as Wednesday, Feb. 26 was previously expected to be the date for most of the building to come down.

City of Hillsboro employees, demolition contractors and utility workers began the process of taking down the historic Parker Hotel in uptown Hillsboro Monday, Feb. 24. Safety and service director Brianne Abbott said there have been “some snags” in this process, but she hoped to have further updates from contractors with Evans Construction by Thursday morning.



“Today was supposed to be the major demolition,” Abbott told The Highland County Press Wednesday. “As with all projects, we run into some snags, and it kind of has. We’re working through it, and we’re hopeful to begin tomorrow. However, I’m still waiting on word from Evans.

“It’s definitely pushed back one day for sure, depending on if they can move past these road blocks.”

Contractors have run into a delay while working on the wall adjoining the hotel and its neighboring building, according to the safety and service director.

“They’ve had to do a lot of hand work,” Abbott said. “The party wall, where the buildings are butted up — they didn’t know what they would get into until they actually got into it.”

West Main Street is closed from High Street to West Street during the demolition. The hotel’s neighboring businesses, including Momma’s West Main Cafe and Sonner’s Barber Shop, are closed during the process. Abbott said the city is working to keep these property and business owners informed of any new updates during the teardown.

“We don’t want [the businesses] to be down for too long but want to make sure everybody’s safe and the buildings come down safely,” Abbott said. “We appreciate Evans taking every precaution, and we’re going to take every precaution to make things as safe as possible.”

As previously reported, Hillsboro Mayor Justin Harsha informed Hillsboro City Council at their Feb. 10 meeting that the former hotel is ready for demolition.

Harsha said that the city had already taken multiple steps toward preparing the structure for demolition, including hiring Rainbow to remove asbestos from the building; receiving a certificate of appropriateness from the city’s Design Review Board; and meeting with neighboring property owners who would be affected during the demolition.

The Parker House Hotel building dates to 1807 as the Knox Tavern. In 1826, it was the Eagle Hotel, and in 1863, it was named the Ellicott House.