MARTINS FERRY - Work began Monday on tearing down a dangerous and dilapidated house on 632 Carlisle St.
Initial work included bracing the sides so the structure did not collapse and damage nearby residences. Workers also removed the carpet and garbage that had accumulated inside.
Subsequent days will see the roof removed. Demolition is expected to be completed by next week.
WORK IS under way on razing a
dilapidated house on Carlisle Street in Martins Ferry.
T-L Photo/ROBERT A. DEFRANK
The house was constructed in the 1900s and included 12 rooms, three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a half-bath. The house has become run down to the point of threatening surrounding residences.
Several weeks ago it was deeded to the city by its Boston-based owner. Since it is now city property, council is permitted to utilize money from the permanent improvement fund in the amount of $38,000 for the demolition. The present danger the Carlisle Street structure poses to surrounding homes made it a priority. The placement of the building and precautions necessary to take it down also created additional expenses.
J&E Excavating is doing the work.
In about two weeks, work should begin on taking down five other dilapidated structures, four on the southeast end and one on the north end. None pose as many problems as the Carlisle structure.
DeFrank can be reached at email@example.com