County official's 'dangerous' house r...

County official's 'dangerous' house razed

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Fitchburg, MA

#2 Nov 12, 2013
Agrella said he didn't know the amount of the contract awarded to the company. He said EnviroGreen had performed asbestos abatement on the South Street property before the demolition.

Daigneault purchased the property in 2005 for $48,500. She previously told the Sentinel & Enterprise she had intended to rehabilitate the building, but it became too expensive a venture following the stock-market crash.

The property is owned by Worcester Northern District Register of Deeds Kathleen Reynolds Daigneault.

Building Department and Board of Health documents indicate the house was a problem property for several years and throughout at least three previous owners.

In Lanciani's letters to Daigneault, he called the building "a serious hazard" to public-safety officials and the neighborhood, and that it was "dangerous to life or limb" and would be "particularly dangerous in case of a fire." He also cited concerns about unauthorized people entering the property and the possibility of criminal activity occurring there.

Following Daigneault's lack of action to Lanciani's orders, the property was directed to Department of Public Works Business Manager Larry Casassa, as were seven other properties deemed dangerous, to be targeted for demolition with CDBG funding.

Lanciani estimated in April that demolition of the building would cost between $15,000 and $20,000, barring any other unforeseen additional expenses. He noted that abatement of hazardous materials, such as asbestos, would significantly raise the price.

Daigneault, a Leominster resident who makes $90,000 per year as register of deeds, said in April that she did not ignore the city's orders and defended allowing the city to take down her property rather than demolish it on her own.

"The city and I have talked about it, and I have agreed that they're going to take it down, but I'm paying it back," she said at the time. "I was going to take it down privately, but the process was moving forward and I said,'Listen, I'm not going to be difficult in the process, go right ahead,' and so I just joined in with it."

Daigneault said then that she was working with Director of Housing Ryan McNutt to establish a "reasonable" repayment plan to reimburse the CDBG funds, but declined to offer any other details.

Casassa said in April that all owners whose buildings are demolished with CDBG funding have the opportunity to set up repayment agreements, and if they are unresponsive, the city records a lien against the property to recover the costs. Failure to pay the lien would put the property in tax title, and if unpaid over a period of time, the process would eventually lead to a Land Court decree conveying the property to the city, which could then sell it at auction, he said.

Daigneault and McNutt did not return requests for comment Monday. Lanciani and Casassa were also not available due to city offices being closed in observance of Veterans Day.

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Karen McN

Fitchburg, MA

#3 Nov 12, 2013
well, I must say that a state employee that makes 90,000 a year that doesn't show up for work should have their investments managed with city funds as it just wouldn't be right any other way.

Concord, MA

#4 Nov 12, 2013
Karen McN wrote:
well, I must say that a state employee that makes 90,000 a year that doesn't show up for work should have their investments managed with city funds as it just wouldn't be right any other way.
wat role does Adam costa play? He seems to earn his $. Fire the crazy lady and put the kid in.
McNutt Financing

Fitchburg, MA

#5 Nov 12, 2013
The property is 44,000 square feet. Wow, can anyone say "Condos" anyone? Now, should the public protest if this land is soon developed? It would be nice if CDBG could budget everyones building plans.

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