Dangerous buildings hit the ground in New Kensington
New Kensington approved the emergency demolition of two properties, including one that collapsed onto two occupied buildings, because they posed a hazard to the public.
A P Wise Excavating of Jefferson Township, Butler County, was hired to tear down 826 Seventh St. and 412 10th St., according to Councilman Doug Aftanas, who heads New Kensington’s public safety department, including code enforcement and zoning. The city paid the company $23,000 to raze 826 Seventh St. and $27,000 to demolish 412 10th St., Aftanas said.
“These were two structures that had to come down immediately due to the imminent threat of completely collapsing and putting citizens near the structures in danger,” Aftanas said.
City Clerk Dennis Scarpiniti said Mayor Tom Guzzo brought up a resolution to tear down 826 Seventh St. at the November council meeting.
He said bricks would continuously fall from the building, which was on a walking route for students. In January , about 25 to 30 bricks came lose from the roof facade and fell to the ground between 826 Seventh St. and 822 Seventh St.
“We had to make sure that we took that down,” Scarpiniti said.
412 10th St. was razed at the advice of the code enforcement office, Scarpiniti said. It was structurally unsound and collapsed on Nov. 10.
Code Enforcement Officer Pat McGrath said no one was injured by the falling bricks or collapsed building.
Workers from A P Wise finished demolishing 412 10th St. on Wednesday morning; 826 Seventh St. already had been torn down.
Alvin Wise, the owner of the company, said work on 412 10th St. should be completed by the end of the week and work on 826 Seventh St. should be done by Monday.
Aftanas said the city will seek reimbursement for the demolitions from a $500,000 state grant it secured to continue its fight against blighted properties.
Madasyn Czebiniak is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Madasyn at 724-226-4702, [email protected], or via Twitter @maddyczebstrib.