The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

February 27, 2013

House next to skate park is No. 1 demolition target in Conneaut

CONNEAUT — When it comes to dilapidated, eyesore buildings, Conneaut has compiled its Top 10 Most Unwanted.

At the top of the list is a long-vacant, decaying house that abuts the municipal skate park and across the street from Conneaut Public Library.

The Jefferson Street house is one of many that could face extinction in the coming months. Administrators have compiled a list of the town’s 48 most troublesome buildings, City Manager Tim Eggleston said at Monday’s City Council meeting. In the coming weeks and months, city officials will inspect the properties, conduct title searches and do other legal digging to find out how many buildings are truly lost causes and beyond redemption.

Once the buildings have been prioritized, the wrecking ball will start swinging, Eggleston said. Conneaut has $150,000 in Moving Ohio Forward money to spend on demolition, good enough to knock down 10 houses with asbestos problems, he said. If little or no asbestos mitigation is needed, demolition will cost less and more houses could be razed with the money, Eggleston said.

Officials have a rough idea which buildings will wind up on the Top 10, but the list is fluid and subject to change. A lot depends on whether the city can convince owners to repair their structures.

“Some of the 48 may only need a little tender loving care to bring them around,” Eggleston said.

Law Director David Schroeder agreed. “Nothing is carved in stone,” he said Tuesday.

Everyone agrees, however, that the crumbling blue house next to the city’s public skate park is beyond hope. Despite boards and barricades, trespassers routinely break into the house, police have said. Council members have long complained the house is a health and safety hazard. As a result, officials anticipate it will be the first house flattened with the MOF money.

Bids for all the demolition projects could be accepted in March and work could begin in early May, Eggleston said.

Meanwhile, the city is putting the finishing touches on its first large-scale demolition project, the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Begun a few years ago with money bestowed on Ashtabula and Geauga counties, the NSP helped raze many houses and buildings, including a crumbling, circa-1900 structure at the corner of Chestnut and State streets.

A few days ago, a fire-damaged house at 416 Bank St., was demolished with NSP money. The last house to be laid low under the program is 129 Nickel Plate Ave., and it should be just a memory within a few days, Eggleston said.

People have appreciated the demolition work, Schroeder said. “We have seen how happy people are when these horrific structures are brought down,” he said.

1
Text Only
Local News
Canoe Race and Ashtabula Easter Events
Good Friday Cross Walks and Easter Egg Hunts
Spring Comes Alive
Ashtabula Spring Cleaning
The Taping of the Teacher: A sticky Sitation
Saturday Fun in Ashtabula County March 22, 2014
American Red Cross Ashtabula County Heroes Breakfast
Rotary Club Dodge Ball Tournament
18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Geneva State Park
End of year weather extremes
Christmas 2013
Harpersfield Barn Fire
Route 11 Rescue Plymouth Township
Ashtabula Fire
House Ads
AP Video
NDN Video
Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career Kourtney Kardashian Is a Bikini Babe More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Debunk'd: Miley Cyrus AIDS, Cheeseburgers Cause Cancer, Military Warning Bill Previewing the NBA playoffs Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite My name is Cocaine Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday