(HCP photo)
(HCP photo)
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.

West Main Street is closed from High Street to West Street during the demolition, which should be completed later this week.

Hillsboro Mayor Justin Harsha reported to 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 will be affected by the demolition.

“It looks like hopefully within two or three days, it will be on the ground and taken care of,” Harsha said.

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.