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    Where's the flood?

    The city condemned the structure at Central Parkway Northwest and Second Avenue because it was in a federally determined floodway, according to property owner Paul Matthews of Matthews Industries.

    At the time it was condemned, its sole tenant was Crown and Glory Beauty Salon. Matthews had the building torn down Thursday. The laundry in the building closed before he bought it, three years ago. Matthews said that as far as he can tell, the structure has never suffered flood damage.

    He has not decided whether he will challenge the floodway designation. "It's expensive to hire the engineers, and there is no guarantee of success," he said Thursday. The parcel has 500 feet of frontage on Central Parkway.

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