Demolition planned

Avalon residents in the area of a condemned house on South Chestnut Street may finally get their wish to see the fire-damaged building demolished.

Borough solicitor Megan Ott told Avalon Council members at their meeting Tuesday that efforts to have the homeowner or the mortgage company address the structure, which now presents safety concerns, have been unsuccessful. The borough now will take action to have the house, which has been vacant for more than a year, demolished using the proceeds of a fire escrow account through the homeowner’s insurance company.

Ott said that the escrow account contains about $6,000, and that it will cost about $10,000 for demolition. The homeowner will be liable for the additional cost, she said.

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