Once a cosmopolitan feature of Petersburg, former gasworks building faces demolition

PETERSBURG — It was one of the top targets of Federal artillery during the Civil War siege of Petersburg. And though the historic gasworks building survived Union shelling, it could soon be destroyed as part an environmental cleanup of the property.

Columbia Gas has filed plans for the property that include demolition of the building located at the corner of North Madison and East Bank streets. However, action can’t take place just yet because no one has filed for a demolition permit.

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