Review Committee looks at new blighted properties

Several new properties were brought to the Warren County Blighted Property Review Committee on Thursday and the members voted to invite the owners to their next meeting.

Before they addressed new properties, the members voted to move the property at 3 Economy St., Tidioute, on to the next stage of the blighted process — the county planning and zoning commission.

“This is a real threat to the community,” Chairman Paul Pascuzzi said of the property. “It was heavily damaged by fire on May 10, 2016.”

Photos of the property show extensive damage and many places where the house is not sealed from weather, vermin, nor curious people.

Pascuzzi said debris is also falling from the roof.

He brought information on four properties that were declared blighted by Clarendon Borough Council on March 21.

All have been unoccupied for more than a year with sewer service cut off, he said.

The properties at 15 Center Street, 309 South Main Street, 47 Anchor Street, and 7 Exchange Street were accepted by the committee.

The members approved sending invitations to the owners to attend the next BPRC meeting at noon, Thursday, June 15.

“On March 21, we adopted the resolutions to declare these blighted,” Pascuzzi said. The owners were sent certified mail and given 30 days to contact council.

Pascuzzi said the owner of a fifth property discussed by Clarendon Borough attended the council meeting and addressed plans to make improvements. The council did not send that property to BPRC.

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