Harrison house gutted by fire 2 years ago could be demolished soon
The burned-out shell of a Harrison house that’s been barely standing for two years could be coming down soon.
Township commissioners this week approved spending up to $15,000 to tear down and remove the remains of the house at 998 Ivanhoe St. It’s at a bend where Ivanhoe and Caroline streets meet off Burtner Road.
Allegheny County real estate records list the owners as Mary L. and Marlene A. Schreckengost. Mary L. Schreckengost died in 2010. Marlene Schreckengost could not be reached.
The house was heavily damaged by a fire in December 2016.
A second-story back porch has shifted in recent weeks and is now collapsing and falling into a creek below, zoning and ordinance office Supervisor Lindsay Fraser said Wednesday.
She said the basement is packed with “junk” and other items were left elsewhere in the house.
The crumbling house doesn’t present any danger to a neighboring home, although Fraser said neighbors have put up with living beside the eyesore and its smell.
Harrison has gotten two bids for the demolition and is working to get a third, Commissioner Chuck Dizard said.
Fraser would not disclose the two bids received to date, but said they do not include the cost of asbestos removal.
An assessment found 240 square feet of asbestos in the floor tile, Fraser said. It would have to be removed before workers tear down the rest of the house, haul away debris and fill in and grade the lot.
Fraser said she’s not certain if $15,000 will be enough to cover the work. If it isn’t, commissioners would have to consider authorizing more money.
If the amount approved this week is enough, Fraser said a contract could be awarded within a month.
Brian Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter @BCRittmeyer.