Owner fights city demolitions

Owner fights city demolitions

There are 9 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Feb 27, 2008, titled Owner fights city demolitions. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

Mayor John Barrett III and a major city property owner came face to face last night over the city's plan to tear down two of his buildings.

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New York, NY

#1 Feb 27, 2008
What about the pld cider mill on S. Church Street?

New York, NY

#2 Feb 27, 2008
What about the old cider mill on S. Church Street? That should be condemned.

Clockville, NY

#3 Feb 27, 2008
it's a sad state of affairs when the property owner has to go and cry and plead mercy for the mayor and this city not to take his/her property.

that mayor is a smart guy. the other day he said he knew what restaurants are appropriate for the city, now yesterday he says that a "property is beyond repair". is he qualified to make that statement? the "professional" he had on hand (city building inspector William E. Meranti) stated that in his opinion, the buildings should be declared public nuisances and removed. just because it's a nuisance does that then mean it's unrepairable?

since his opinion is obviously more important than the qualified expert, the mayor should just start doing that job also. then we could take the money that is saved from that position and we could give the disabled vets a few extra dollars and the city workers could get their nickel-an-hour raise.

and why do members need to view the locations? they've only driven past them 15,000 times! unless of course they are going there to determine for themselves, whether they are unrepairable. that's the only thing worse than the mayor making that over-the-top claim. now we'll have 10 more worthless opinions on something they know nothing about. and they'll be making decisions based on these opinions.

it's like a kangaroo circus around here.

Clockville, NY

#4 Feb 27, 2008
These properties are well beyond their life expectancy. Anyone can see that simply by driving by them. These owners do not care one bit and gave the council a good line of bullshit last night. These properties did not just become a problem for the city but have plagued this city for two long. If the city does not take action then who will? Not the property owners that is for sure. They have no intentions of fixing these buildings. It is not cost effective given the code requirements for multifamily housing.
eager eater

Albany, NY

#5 Feb 27, 2008
These places are probably not insured, and no doubt are infested with rats and cockroaches, not to mention a few local and NY crack-heads.

These slums pose a social, economic and potential fire problem for the neighbors. How can a landlord lease adjacent, decent property for an honest rental income? Which direction does the neighborhood go? Who moves in to replace the paying tenants?

Tell me how much money must be spent to re-hab a North Adams slum, in order to rent it out at $500.00 a month to someone who can't pay on time, while the owner shoulders the costs of trash collection, maintenance, bank payments,taxes, lawyers, permits and insurance. These places are not economically feasible. The usual sub-par North Adams multi- families are only profitable when a bigger sucker comes along to buy them. And the suckers have all come and gone.

"Invest" in sub- par apartments? Slam your head with the car door and take your money to Las Vegas. At least you won't regret it.
chris tremblay

Albany, NY

#6 Feb 28, 2008
i would wonder if these properties owe any back taxes or water.....i know these may not be pretty but there are some that are in worse shape....how long does one have to rehab their house?
Light Deck

Clockville, NY

#7 Feb 28, 2008
you always have to say something don't you? don't you have a chalupa to make or something? i know business is slow, but can't you find some faulty wiring or something, somewhere?

Clockville, NY

#8 Mar 10, 2008
chris tremblay wrote:
i would wonder if these properties owe any back taxes or water.....i know these may not be pretty but there are some that are in worse shape....how long does one have to rehab their house?
If these places were roach or rat infested the health Department would have to shut the doors!

That's not the issue, according to the newspaper.
It's Blight! Do you know what Blight is? It can be anything: Ugly, Peeling paint, to everyone has a three car garage and your only has two!

Clockville, NY

#9 Mar 11, 2008
Today is the day The Overlord and the Lackey, will steal properties.

We the people of North Adams will do nothing.(as usual).

I suggest we take more property from River St.(for next to nothing) than sell it for a profit.

We also should make affordable housing only in select areas.(That way the Overlord can control housing too)!

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