By Libby Rosequist
North East Borough on Tuesday, June 9, decided to take action and began demolition on a structure that caught fire in December 2016. The structure at 59 W. Main St., was unable to be salvaged and deemed uninhabitable.
“The house at 59 W. Main St. was condemned by the borough under Ordinance 815-A and declared a Dangerous and Unsafe Structure, and upheld via appeal through the Common Pleas Court in May of 2019,” said Borough Manager Pat Gehrlein. “From May of 2019 to the end of May 2020, the borough had been working with the Erie County Land Bank toward the acquisition, demolition and site development of the property.
After a year of planning and preparation, we found ourselves no further ahead than when we had started and decided to move forward with the demolition of the structure.”
North East Borough had been working with the Erie County Land Bank to move forward with proposed plans but was unsuccessful.
The demolition of 59 W. Main St. is expected to be complete by week’s end, at which time the borough will evaluate and decide the future of the adjacent building at 61 W. Main St.