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Blight committee discusses properties

Photo by Josh Cotton Pictured is a house in Pleasant Township that may be torn down.

A Clarendon property was removed from the county’s Blighted Property Review Committee list during Thursday’s meeting.

Darrell Antrim, the owner of the property at 122 N. Main St., told the committee that he rebuilt the back porch and has completed connecting the water service.

He told the committee he’s working to get the gas hooked up, as well.

Committee chair Paul Pascuzzi said he’s “not sure what else” the committee will require, noting the sewer is connected, as well.

“I think it’s going to be in our best interest… to take this off the blighted property list and notify the borough,” he said.

1465 Route 62, Pleasant Twp.

A letter from the township to a purported new owner, Property Development, LLC – told the owner of the county’s involvement through the blighted process.

“Regardless of who owns it, if it’s still a threat to health and safety,” Pascuzzi said, the committee has a responsibility to act. “Pleasant Township has done their work. We’ve done the best we can do delay this.”

Laurie Burdick, secretary for the Planning & Zoning Department, noted that the property recently sold at tax sale.

Committee member and Pleasant Township Supervisor John Phillips said it “still needs tore down” and is “going to fall down by itself.”

County Planner Dan Glotz said the committee should invite the new owner to the December meeting.

109 Oak St., Sheffield

The committee expressed optimism that the property could be renovated.

Information from the township indicated that the property is part of the county’s blight demolition grant and was declared a nuisance back in July.

The committee also discussed the blight problem in Warren County more generally.

Pascuzzi, who also serves on Clarendon Borough Council, said the borough has identified five properties that could be deemed blighted.

In a “small town,” he said, vacant properties are “an absolute threat…. We can’t sustain much more deterioration of our tax base. That’s what has us concerned. Small neighborhoods like ours… it’s a cancer. Bad things happen to empty houses. We know that.”

Glotz said he’s been pleased with the situations where people have been able to do a “wonderful job” in flipping properties that are on the edge of becoming blighted.

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