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WEST WARWICKâ€” A building that is known to many locals as the â€śold Ferrucciâ€™s New York Systemâ€ť will no longer loom over Washington Street after the owner was told by a judge to tear it down.
Kerri Anderson, Building Official for West Warwick, explained that the town decided to take the property owner, Paul Bordieri, owner of United Appraisal Group, to court because the building, located across from the Post Office, was slowly deteriorating.
â€śHe didnâ€™t have much issue with compliance with us; we told him what he needed to do and he hired a demolition company,â€ť he added.
The town council began focusing on the many abandoned buildings throughout town during the Fall and once the new Minimum Housing Inspector, Melissa Hicks, was hired in October, the building and zoning department started cracking down on these eye sores.
Anderson previously issued a citation condemning the building on Washington Street because of the appearance and structural problems.
Under the townâ€™s ordinance dealing with vacant buildings; chapter 5, section 5.8; it was created because it was â€śdetermined that various buildings located within the town present a hazard to the health, safety and welfare of the residents in town.â€ť
Many town council members, including President David Gosselin, were concerned about the roof caving in, especially since the building is located on a main road.
Because of this, Anderson filed a complaint in municipal court and the property owner was told to demolish the almost 100 year old building.
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