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A judge delayed making a decision on the future of 107 South Main in Memphis

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- People told WREG the building on 107 South Main Street in Downtown Memphis has become a public nuisance.

On Wednesday, a judge delayed making a decision on the building’s future.

Video captured the roof at 107 South Main caving in during one of last week’s storms and you could see water pouring from the building last week.

People who walk by the building everyday said it was only a matter of time before the building hurts someone.

In court this Wednesday, Judge Larry Potter demanded the owner to take action.

“The court is ordering the defendant, Mr. Long, to place an appropriate fence to keep any individual from getting close to that building that would present a danger to the citizen,” he said.

Paul Morris with the Downtown Memphis Commission said he spent the past few years trying to convince owner Allan Long to fix the building.

WREG tracked him down but he would not comment.

“We`ll let the court system take care of it and we think he`ll do the right thing,” Long’s attorney said.

With dry weather in the forecast, there’s time to make repairs before next Monday.

“It does appear that we have a window that the good Lord has smiled upon us and that window will permit hopefully a great deal of work that be done to remedy this situation and to permit us to have the hearing,” he stated.

Although Long was a man of few words, he did answer one question.

When WREG asked him was he hopeful that there would be a good outcome Monday, Long said of course.

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