JOPLIN, MO.--- There are signs of rebuilding throughout Joplin, and signs of what still needs to be done.
"We came out not long after the tornado and clearly said, if you're not going to reuse your foundation, then it needs to come out," states Leslie Jones, Finance Director.
About 20 structures, 40 basements, and 50 foundations are still sitting in the tornado zone. Each month those property owners must appear before the city's building board of appeals with updates.
"The Building Board just wants to know what they're doing with the property, what their plans are for the property," states Jones.
"I think they're just concerned. They don't want foundations out there that are a danger to the public, and, at the same time, you know, they just want some activity," states Allyn Burt, Charles Burt Realty Owner.
Allyn Burt says the entire process is what has kept his property at a stand-still.
"Financing and a lot of issues on insurance. We thought it was better just to kind of hold off and see what was going to happen in that area," states Burt.
He also wanted to wait to see what the city had planned for an overpass over the 20th Street train tracks.
"Part of the issue is the viaduct that is going on and it does reach all the way to where our building is," says Burt.
The biggest news he has today is there may be potential buyers in the works.
"Just recently, there has been some interest on purchasing it from some other people. It's just a process, and obviously we'd all like it to be faster, but I think Joplin's done better than most," states Burt.
Allyn Burt is still in the process of negotiations with buyers interested in his property. He says he may also rebuild on the lot if those negotiations fall through. For now, it's still a waiting game and he hopes to have a update of he'll do with that property within the next month.