Millinocket officials to consider demolishing abandoned house

Posted Dec. 18, 2010, at 1:40 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 7:24 a.m.

MILLINOCKET, Maine — Town leaders will decide Tuesday whether to destroy an abandoned house on Lincoln Street and thereby remove a safety hazard and blight to its neighborhood.

The Town Council will meet in a special pre-holiday session at 4:30 p.m. to possibly award a contract to demolish the former McGreevey property at 138 Lincoln St. No cost estimates were available Friday.

Code Enforcement Officer Michael Noble and Town Manager Eugene Conlogue have been working with the town’s attorney, Dean Beaupain, to see how the town can raze the property legally and perhaps recoup that cost. Nobody likes the idea of the town having to knock down the old house, but its decrepit condition makes demolition necessary and urgent, Noble has said.

As examples of how degraded the property has become, Noble said the kitchen floor has collapsed and rainfall has run through most of the structure, likely leaving rot and mold problems in its wake. The house has been on Noble’s list of blighted properties since he became the town’s code enforcement officer in 2002, he said.

The property’s present owner, a resident of Chester, and a previous owner had tried without success to revitalize the property, but the leaking roof and lack of upkeep reportedly doomed their efforts.

No demolition cost estimates were available Tuesday. Conlogue and council members did not return telephone calls on Friday.

Councilors were briefed on the house’s problems during a meeting in late November and generally indicated their support for the house’s razing.

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