The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

November 7, 2013

Three vacant and blighted ’Bula structures face demolition

ASHTABULA — Neighbors on West 38th Street smile when they talk about the dilapidated houses next door that will soon be demolished.

The two brown houses — 617 W. 38th St. and 621 W. 38th St. off of Station Avenue — have been vacant for a long time. There also is trash, weeds and old furniture strewn about on the property.

The two houses, as well as the one at 1217 W. Ninth St. in the Ashtabula harbor, are part of the latest wave of demolition in the city.

City Manager Jim Timonere and Luciana Ratermann with the Division of Planning and Community Development advertised for bids to abate asbestos within the structures and then demolish them.

Medico Systems submitted the lowest and most responsible bid at $39,250, Timonere said.

City Council approved the contract with Medico Systems at the Oct. 7 meeting.

“We have not publicized (the demolition) too much because we have found that people will dump trash on the properties knowing they are coming down,” he said, noting that is against the law.

He said the houses should be demolished within the next week or two.

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