Mayor Shari Friend said the properties, which include five buildings containing nine units, are owned by the Fran Crouch Holderman estate and have been a source of concern for years. Friend said the sites need razed but the village could not afford to do the work itself, and in the meantime the structures are literally falling apart.
Broken windows, high grass, weeds and poison ivy; trash strewn about in yards and in rooms and windows; fallen bricks exposing ventilation ducts; and damaged roofing were just some of the issues.
Rat infestation was another problem, in addition to the flocks of birds nesting in the buildings and various animals making homes in the bushes. As of Thursday’s deadline, Friend reported that the large rats had crossed into a neighboring home where the owner has a baby.
The estates attorney Geoffrey Mosser was reportedly working to have the lots auctioned by June.
Read the entire story in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.
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