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May 21, 2014

Warren Street home avoids demolition

HAVERHILL — A formerly condemned and dilapidated home at 18 Warren St. is the first property on the city’s year-old demolition list to be saved and reborn.

Realtor Ranney of Coco Early & Associates told councilors that contractors for the property’s new owners recently finished installing new electrical and plumbing systems in the home and that siding and windows should completed in the next few weeks.

“(18) Warren St. is well on its way to being totally rehabilitated,” said City Councilor Thomas Sullivan, a real estate attorney who has taken a leading role in updating councilors on the efforts of owners to save several vacant properties slated to be razed by the city.

Sullivan said the Warren Street home was renovated by a local contractor with a loan from Haverhill Bank.

He also reported the council should be able to soon remove another building at 36 School St. from the demolition list. Sullivan said the new owners plan to demolish the home on their own and build a duplex on the property. Councilors agreed to keep it on the demolition for another month to make sure the project makes it to the finish line.

Ranney said his agency also hopes to soon find a buyer for 2 Tyler Ave.

“We are working with two potential buyers and inspectional services to see what repairs need to be made,” he said of 2 Tyler Ave. “We hope to get it done and sold soon.” Councilors agreed to also keep 2 Tyler Ave. on the demolition for another month.

Earlier this month, the city razed the first of five homes on the demolition list at 2 Margerie Ave.

Mayor James recommended the all homes for demolition, calling them Haverhill’s most deteriorated and dangerous abandoned buildings.

The mayor’s push to demolish the buildings is part of the city’s new and aggressive effort to clean up abandoned and deteriorated properties in Haverhill. He has estimated there are at least 100 such properties in the city.

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