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City to Remove Child Safety Hazard, Neighborhood Eyesore

Springdale property to be demolished with 30 days

Long Branch: The building at 518 Springdale Avenue, deemed a child safety hazard and neighborhood eyesore, will be demolished within the next 30 days, City Administrator Howard Woolley said on Tuesday.

A fire on June 4, 2010 left the burnt out private home “unfit for human habitation or use and is an immediate danger to the surrounding properties and persons, the community at large and human life in general” as stated in the city ordinance passed unanimously by Council.

The unsafe building is at the corner of Springdale and Westbourne Avenues. Neighbor Debra Shaw reported the hazard more than six months ago to city officials. At first it was determined the city could not take action due to legal proceedings and constraints.

At the February meeting Council passed an ordinance that allowed it to act in such matters, using demolition in this case, and charge the costs to another party or property. The costs will be initially paid by the city and a lien will be filed against the property to recover those costs at a future date.

Council voted on Tuesday to use a city approved vendor, Mazza Demolition, to do the work for a bid of $21,250. The bid was the lowest received and there are sufficient funds according to the city’s financial officer.

Shaw had approached the city 6 months ago, and at the February meeting she said the burned out building “also attracted undesirables to the area”.  Mayor Adam Schneider and Administrator Woolley promised to take the matter in hand, have a follow up meeting to resolve details, and effect corrective action.

The eyesore, safety hazard, and dangerous attraction to kids in the area will be gone within the next 30 days.

 


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