Andover begins demolition of home

Property sits on Rt. 206


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By Rose Sgarlato

— The Andover Township council passed an ordinance at the June 23 meeting to provide $10,000 of funding for the demolition of an unsafe structure on a resident’s private property located at 480 Rt. 206 South.

A few weeks ago Andover Township received a call from New Jersey state inspectors deeming the structure unsafe because debris was falling from the small building located on a hill onto the heavily traveled road Rt. 206, according to Mayor Phil Boyce.

Township Clerk Vita Thompson immediately contacted township attorney Fred Semrau to figure out the next steps. The owner of the property was informed by a visit from Andover police and by notices explaining the situation.

It was ascertained that the owner of the property could not pay the demolition fee. Public notices were put on the building, and the owner was informed that the structure must go, according to Thompson.

According to Committee Member Tom Walsh, the township put the project out to bid and received only one bid of $10,000 from JJ Rich Demolition Experts of Newton. It was decided that the township would pay the bill for the owner, but place a lien on the property assuring that if she sells her property in the future the township gets paid first.

The first part of the demolition has begun on the part of the building that is adjacent to the road.

The township estimates the project will be completed over the next two weeks, according to Thompson.

Funds for the project will be taken from the capital improvement fund and no debt will be issued to pay for the project, according to the ordinance.

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