West-side house finally gets razed

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  • Pam Zubeck
  • This lot used to contain a dilapidated house on the west side. The city finally tore it down.

Almost a year has gone by since we told you about the city's intent to demolish a house on West Colorado Avenue.

Our story reported:

More than three years ago, a fire gutted a house at 1726 W. Colorado Ave. Since then, neighbor Ernie DiFiore says he's repeatedly complained to the city that the house has been a magnet for homeless people and raccoons. Lewis' office has determined that the homeless problem demands the city demolish it this summer.

We asked the city last month when the house would be torn down and got this response from city spokeswoman Julie Smith:

Per City Engineering, the City has issued a notice to proceed for the demolition of the property. We have obtained the necessary warrant to enter the structure to begin the asbestos abatement process. The contractor is in the process of obtaining the necessary permit from the State to complete the asbestos abatement. The plan is to start the abatement next week (3/11/13). The demolition of the property will follow soon after.

We went by that address today and found the house gone and a two-man crew picking up the last of the junk.

One down, 14 to go on the city's dilapidated building list. At least that's the number from a year ago. We've asked city Code Enforcement chief Ken Lewis for a current number and will update when we hear back.

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