NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (FOX 56) – In a matter of days, there could another empty storefront in downtown Nicholasville.

The owner of a Coach Light said the city’s fire marshal has condemned the property, calling it “dangerous and unsafe,” and now they’re expected to vacate in a matter of weeks.

Coach Light is a staple in Nicholasville. At the start of the doors, there’s a signage book where people from all over the world have signed their names after coming to see this piece of the antique trail. Yet, the City Fire Marshal had inspected the building and according to owner, Jesse Lemay, found that the building’s back brick wall and electrical system needed to be brought up to date.

“Of course 15-days ain’t enough time to do anything anymore,” Lemay said. “Like I said, there’s no reason for it. Cause when I moved in here, the guy that bought the building nine years ago, he spent $100,000 remodeling the inside of it.”

However, Lemay was still handed the letter from the fire marshal to vacate in fifteen days.

“They wanted a structural engineer to come in and approve everything, and then yesterday they said they needed an electrical engineer and approve it,” Lemay said.

Now there is a sign on the door of the shop saying ‘condemned’.

Lemay’s son, Brantley Lemay, said “I don’t think it’s fair for my dad, I mean we only get two weeks to move all this stuff out and it ain’t fair.”

“Nobody’s scared to be in the building, there’s no exterior restrictions, older buildings are harder to renovate, it takes time, and the time that was given was ….short,” Hannah Smith, a vendor, said.

The 10,000 square foot space is filled with more than just antiques.

“This building has a lot of history in it, and I don’t know why they’re wanting to destroy it,” Bob Jacobs, another vendor said.

Jacobs, along with fellow vendor Darrell York, are wondering where will everyone go?

“And once this one is gone, I don’t know what would be left, and I don’t’ know where we would go, because there’s no comparable properties to lease,” York said.

Vendors now are having to haul everything out on what feels like a last-minute notice.

Rachel Paddock is in the process of grabbing her stuff and said, “I have four kids, I’m a full-time student, so I’m passionate about re-selling, and I thought well all my stuff’s in here, so what if on May 3rd you can’t get in.”

And what will happen to all the businesses?

“He’s not just putting one business out, he’s putting about 12-15 small businesses out,” Patti Trails, another vendor, said.

As of now, Lemay and the vendors packing everything up, but they are also pursing options to fight the fire marshal’s decision.

FOX 56 News reached out to Fire Marshal David Johns for comments and has not heard back at this time.

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