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The Times
  • Common Council votes to proceed with knock down of building

  • The members of the Little Falls Common Council on Tuesday evening voted unanimously to proceed with the knock down of the vacant building at 47 1/2 Ward St.

    Mayor Robert Peters said as a result of the council’s action, city Code Enforcement Officer Phil Green will be directed to obtain quotes from contractors to perform the demolition.

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  • The members of the Little Falls Common Council on Tuesday evening voted unanimously to proceed with the knock down of the vacant building at 47 1/2 Ward St.
    Mayor Robert Peters said as a result of the council’s action, city Code Enforcement Officer Phil Green will be directed to obtain quotes from contractors to perform the demolition.
    “It will be the code enforcer’s task to seek out bids to give the council a better idea as to how much the project will cost,” he said. “After the bids are in, the council will review them.”
    Peters added after the bids are reviewed, the council could vote to take action.
    The building at 47 1/2 Ward St., as well as the buildings at 47 Ward St. and 49 Ward St., was damaged by an early morning fire on March 24, 2010. The fire started in the basement of 47 1/2 Ward St. and spread to the neighboring structures. While 47 1/2 Ward St. was deemed a total loss by fire officials, most of the damage to the neighboring buildings was limited to their second floors.
    Joseph M. Warn, of Little Falls, was arrested for setting the fire in April 2010, and in July 2010 the Common Council unanimously passed a resolution to put property owner Zenaida Londono on notice the city wanted the building at 47 1/2 Ward St. demolished or renovated. The council’s resolution said Londono had to present her renovation or demolition plans to the city Codes Office for approval, and a failure to comply with the order could result in the city taking legal action to demolish the building. In October 2010, Peters said Londono had hired a contractor to take the building down.
    Tuesday evening, city Attorney Edward Rose said the matter is in litigation in City Court.
    “Because the matter is in litigation due to code violations issued against the property, many of the specific details of the situation can not be discussed in open session,” said Rose.
    The council voted to proceed with the knock down of the building after exiting executive session.
    In other business Tuesday evening, Joseph Burditt was appointed to the city Planning Board.
    The council also scheduled a public hearing on Local Law No. 5 of 2012 and Local Law No. 6 of 2012 for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the council chambers at City Hall.

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