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Coxsackie home may be demolished

Dec 21, 2010 8:59 am
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="200" caption="23-25 Church Street, Coxsackie, which village officials want to tear down for building code vilations and unsafe conditions, even though its own says she's been remedying previous problems, some of which she blames on renters."][/caption]Imminent domain and forced home demolition stories are rare and attention-grabbing when they arise. Especially in places with deep histories such as Coxsackie, which figures in the history books for having framed its own Declaration of independence one year before Thomas Jefferson and pals got together in Philadelphia during the summer of 1776. According to a story in today's Daily Mail, the Coxsackie Village Board is proceeding with plans to demolish a home that has been deemed unsafe by its building inspector, even though the property owner, who rents the place out, is challenging that assertion - and has provided an architect’s report that claims the building does not meet the criteria of an “unsafe structure.” The decision to tear down the home was made one year ago by the Village Board, after several years of battling with the home owner over the condition of the property, located at 23-25 Church St. Among the issues in the home, which the village wants the county to help tear down, are too-small upstairs bedrooms, which has more to do with the structure's historic age, rather than poor building practices. There was also an oil spill which the owner says was remedied, with state Department of Environmental Conservation help, last year. Homeowner Paula Chandler also says many problems at the site were the result of previous renters, who have since vacated the premises so she could perform needed renovations.
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