Former Crawford’s Bakery building owner speaks

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – As the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana tries to save Crawford’s Bakery from the wrecking ball, the man who owns the building is speaking out.

Phil Thomas owns the building and says he doesn’t know what it would take to save it, “Well, I don’t know. I really don’t.”

Thomas says the old Crawford’s Bakery building at 16th Street and Capitol Avenue, was built in the 1920’s for his grandmother’s business, Pandell’s Florist.

“Tearing it down, which is my last resort, it would be taking a piece of me,” Thomas said.

Thomas, who spoke with 24-Hour News 8 from his home in Orlando, said he grew up working in the florist shop.

He said he saw the building just last week, and admits it needs a new roof and windows.

Thomas says he won’t be spending money to fix the building, “It would cost, I’m guessing, $200 thousand to $300 thousand.”  That much expense would mean, he said, he would never get his money out of the building.

Crawford’s Bakery shut down on September 30, 2008.  Since then, the building has been empty.

The asking price for the building is an estimated $2 million, and Thomas says he is open to offers.

The building comes with the parking lot that is leased to Hardees. Thomas says that lease that has 9 years left on it, so whomever buys the building, gets the income from that lease.

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