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February 5, 2014

Owner fails to save two homes again

Fire official: Abandoned buildings dangerous, open

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“He has failed to secure these building over a long period of time,” LaLiberty said.

The council voted 7 to 0 to take no action on McCarthy’s request to lift the demolition order for the buildings. Councilor William Ryan said he abstained from voting on the advice of the city solicitor because he owns property near one of the homes, and Councilor Michael McGonagle was not in attendance.

On Monday, David Van Dam, the mayor’s aide, said the city has not yet begun soliciting proposals to raze the homes, but that he expects the bidding process for those jobs to begin soon. Osborne told councilors he expected it would take two or three months before the building are demolished.

To get a property removed from the demolition list, the owner must show the city a detailed rehabilitation plan and prove that he or she has the money to do the work, Osborne said.

If the city goes ahead and demolishes any of the buildings, it would pay to demolish them and then attach a lien on the properties to recoup the cost, Osborne said. The city would get the money back when the property is eventually sold or the city can go to court to seize the property and sell it, he said

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