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April 29, 2014

Neighbors worried about property values get help

Sale, demolition coming for 3 of city's worst buildings

HAVERHILL — Help is coming to families who are angry about run-down homes hurting property values in their neighborhoods.

Three of the five worst buildings in the city are scheduled for repair or demolition.

The process began last week, when the man who owns two of the buildings told city officials he plans to sell them and that they would renovated.

This week, the owner of a third building on that list told the city that the structure will be torn down and a new home built there.

City Council is expected tonight to review that plan for the building at 36 School St.

Councilor William Macek said that if no one addresses the council tonight regarding that property, councilors will likely delay taking any action pending a response from the owner or his lawyer.

“It’s not like we have a wrecking ball waiting,” Macek said. “I’m sure another week or two is not going to prevent the property from being renovated and returned to the tax rolls.”

In January, the City Council agreed to postpone action on Mayor James Fiorentini’s proposal to demolish the School Street until April 29.

Prior to that meeting, the city received a letter from the owner’s lawyer stating the owner had acquired a signed agreement to sell the home to a local contractor. The letter from attorney James Cleary III said the real estate transaction had a closing date of April 28. The property is owned by Brian Langlois. At a prior council meeting, Cleary said a problem with the deed for the School Street property delayed the sale of the home.

Yesterday, Cleary said the matter was resolved when a probate court judge appointed a personal representative or executor, in this case a family member, followed yesterday by the Essex Probate Court giving that representative permission to sell the property.

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