The former two-story retail building, on the SW corner of Benton Boulevard and Independence Avenue, has been demolished. It had most recently been occupied by Rent-A-Center. In past years, it was reported to be a post office branch, and a carpet store operated there at one time as well.
From posts I read on the Northeast Facebook page, the building reportedly had "structural problems" and mold issues that stemmed from the property owner not maintaining the roof. The building owner attempted to sell the building for around $400,000 a few months ago, but no buyers. Others stated the building had been appraised for about half that amount, and it was way overpriced. Instead of lowering the price, the building owner opted for demolition. There is speculation that the owner thinks the land is more valuable without the building--since the parcel includes a parking lot that has a fairly big footprint on a prominent corner.
The photo below shows the roof has been removed.
Demolition fence in place.
Demolition of building reaches completion.