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June 28, 2013

City to seek bids for house demolitions

NEW CASTLE —

The city of New Castle will seek bids to demolish 19 dilapidated houses.

City council authorized advertising for the proposals at last night’s meeting.

The State Historic Preservation Office has approved demolition of seven of the houses. Because seven of the properties will be demolished with community development block grant funds, which is federal money, the city had to obtain the state agency’s approval. The available funds total $36,762.

Those properties are:

•137-137 1/2 Mills Way

•211 S. Ashland Ave.

•406 S. Ray St.

•619 Union St.

•27 Smithfield St.

•646 S. Ray St.

•105 Phillips Place

The remaining structures will be demolished with funds from code enforcement’s budget. Those properties are:

•510 Galbreath St.

•206 Richelieu Ave..

•407 S. Walnut St.

•708 Carlisle St.

•319-319 1/2 Wallace Ave.

•319 Shaw St.

•725 Rear Countyline St.

•415 E. Lutton St.

•1418 Jackson Ave.

•806 N. Mercer St.

•516 Galbreath St.

•418 E. Reynolds St.

At council’s work session on Tuesday, Councilman Thomas Smith said he wants to get away from spot demolition and target one particular area of the city.

Councilman Richard Beshero replied that he does not disagree with Smith, but added that “some of these houses need to come down.”

Smith was instrumental in placing $50,000 in this year’s capital improvement budget to concentrate on one area. That money is reserved for that purpose and will not be used for the spot demolition.

Business administrator Stephanie Dean said the administration’s intent is to finish spot demolition before targeting one area.

Mayor Anthony Mastrangelo said current plans are to target the Lower East Side. Smith suggested incorporating structures on the Lower East Side with the 19 properties to get a lower price.

Dean said other properties aren’t ready yet because code enforcement has to follow a process before a house can be demolished.

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