Dover council approves demolition of 3 structures

DOVER — City council unanimously approved the demolition of three Dover properties during Wednesday night’s special council meeting.

The properties will be demolished by Jan. 9.

The properties are 1124 Forrest Ave. and 1128 Forrest Ave., owned by Ennis Business Associates, and a property at 1224 Forrest Ave. is a two-story wood-framed single family home.

That house has been vacant since May 2012, and is registered with the city as a vacant building. Utilities were terminated on Dec. 12, 2014, said Anne Marie Townshend, the city’s director of planning and community development.

On June 22, 2015, staff from the Planning and Inspections Department condemned the structure as unfit for human occupancy due to no active utilities and outstanding code violations.

Currently, the home is still vacant with numerous outstanding code violations.

“The dwelling of this property will be demolished,” Ms. Townshend said. The other accessory buildings won’t be.”

The property at 1128 Forrest Ave.is a two-story wood-framed single family home. The house has been vacant since May of 2012, and is registered with the city government as a vacant building.

“Utilities were terminated on April 10, 2012,” Ms. Townshend said. “On June 22, 2015, staff from the Planning and Inspections Department condemned the structure as unfit for human occupancy due to no active utilities and outstanding code violations.”

Currently the home is still vacant with numerous outstanding code violations.

The property at 325 N. New St., is a two-story wood-framed single family home.

The house has been vacant since December 2013, and is registered with the city as a vacant building, said Ms. Townshend.

On Aug. 27, staff from the Planning and Inspections Department found the structure unsecure.

“Upon entry with the police, evidence was found that the home was being used for illegal drug and sexual activities,” Ms. Townshend said. “We then condemned the structure as unfit for human occupancy and had the building secured. Currently the home is still vacant with no utilities.”

Council members were going to vote to demolish the property at 2 S. Queen Street, but allowed the owner 15 days to get an estimate of repairs for the house.

From there they will see if the owner can handle the costs before making a decision on the property.

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