Tidioute Borough wants to manage property to ‘haul the debris away’

Efforts continue to demolish a Tidioute property ravaged by fire in 2016.

The property at 3 Economy St. is in the hands of the Warren County Redevelopment Authority.

County Planner Dan Glotz told the Authority on Tuesday that Tidioute “borough council is interested in the RDA transferring to them.”

“The borough is researching what it would cost to haul the debris away,” he said, noting the situation is “not quite to the point” where the property should be transferred.

“They (the borough) would demolish and haul away,” Glotz said, noting they are still “gathering costs on the haul away.’

Glotz said the initial conversation started after he approached the borough about boarding up and securing the first level.

“That’s when discussion started (that the) borough might be interested.”

The RDA purchased the property last month for $100 after being granted conservatorship of the property in November.

“It’s in pretty rough shape,” Glotz said at that conservatorship hearing. “The roof is completely gone.”

The property entered the county’s blighted property process in May 2017.

Glotz testified that there are still personal property items strewn about the property and said that an engineering report determined that fire damage to structural components of the would make it “difficult to rehab.”

The property did not sell at this fall’s upset sale.

“It is in no way fit for human occupancy,” Glotz said. Photographs show “a structure that is quite burnt out. Somebody could easily get hurt on the property. There are homes all around this property. The lots are not very big. (This property is) definitely bringing the value of neighboring properties down. It really detracts from anyone looking to (locate) in that neighborhood.”