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City Hall Error: Condemned Home Sold At Auction

6:40 PM, Nov 26, 2010   |    comments
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Buffalo City officials are scrambling to correct a mistake which for now allows a dangerous vacant home to stay away from the wrecking ball in South Buffalo.

Back on October 20th, we aired a TIpline story about the vacant home at 85 Spaulding Street. That house has a partially collapsed roof and falling bricks which have actually damaged the occupied home next door. For some time, neighbors who were frustrated by the debris and even rats from the structure have pushed the city to have the house torn down.

After our story aired, Permits and Inspections Commissioner James Comerford personally inspected the structure and determined that it should come down. A contractor was actually contacted to do the demolition. But it turns out the property, with the home still standing, was sold as a vacant lot at the city's recent foreclosure auction. And city officials say the new owner tried to block the demolition with a court order.

Common Council Member Richard Fontana of the Lovejoy District told us he would immediately move to have the sale discarded and return the purchase price to that new owner so that the home could once again be slated for demolition.

Fontana says apparently the auction people thought the demolition order had already been carried out.

Fontana expects the demolition should take place in the next few weeks. We will keep watch to see if it happens.     

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