The buildings are just a couple of doors east of the new $7.5 million Cornerstone Project at the corner of First Street and Lincoln Highway, which has an estimated completion date of Aug. 1.
Thompson said he suspects that the city wants his property for parking.
Valos said he plans to sit down the DeKalb economic development planner, Jason Michnick, and Finance Director Molly Talkington, to see what the city can do to help him fix the issues, since it's dedicated millions in tax incremental financing funds to downtown ventures already.
“What about little me?" Valos said. "Is anybody going to help me out?”
Thompson said he’s willing to make the fixes. It’s the timing of the matter that irks him.
“If work needs to be done, I don’t mind doing it,” he said. “I can write than money off. When they purposely screw you over on a weekend, that’s the thing that kills me. They could have done this on a Monday or a Tuesday, so you could talk to them.”
He said worse yet is being left to wonder what’s coming next.
“I don’t want to hear in a year from now that they want to condemn the building, and that in two or three years, it’s a parking lot,” he said.