Tarentum fights the scourge and designates 9 homes for sentencing

The Council of Tarentum continues its fight against the blight until 2022 by considering nine structures to be demolished by the end of the year.

The council on Tuesday cleared the houses – four on the east side of the town and five on the west – to be designated for sentencing.

They are:

• 520 E. Fifth Avenue.

• 505-507 E. Eighth Avenue.

• 529 E. Ninth Avenue.

• 628-630 E. Ninth Avenue.

• 338 W. 10th Ave.

• 110 W. 11th Ave.

• 1219 Pitcairn Avenue.

• 105 Britton Road.

The property along West 10th contains two structures, said code enforcement officer Anthony Bruni.

Each of the nine buildings has unresolved code violations that could lead to health and safety risks, Borough Manager Michael Nestico said.

“Considering these convicts as the result of their condition,” he said. “These are all dangerous, and owners are not surprised by this designation.”

The duplex along East Eighth has holes in the roof and a collapsed foundation, Bruni said.

It is marked with a red and white “X” on the front to warn police and emergency responders to be extremely careful and limit outdoor operations.

Similarly, one of the houses along East Ninth has floors that have collapsed.

Nestico said borough officials made several attempts to contact owners about the security concerns.

Pointing them out for sentencing will not prevent someone from making the necessary repairs, he said. It just pushes the process forward.

“You’re not going to bring in a machine and take it apart when they say they want to fix it, but they’re really going to have to step in,” Nestico said. “They had plenty of time to do it. All of these have been in disrepair for some time.

“If you get to the demo stage and the repairs are still not done, they will be in line to be demolished.”

Bruni said he plans to solicit bids in the coming weeks and hopes to have the buildings razed early in the fall.

Tarentum officials worked to rid the borough of eyesores and dilapidated properties.

Last year, 26 abandoned houses were demolished. Council Speaker Scott Dadowski said these efforts are helping to reduce crime and deter vandalism.

It also helps put properties back on tax lists by making them attractive to people who want to reuse space, he said.

Tawnya Panizzi is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Tawnya at 724-226-7726, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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