May 24, 2018
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Millinocket likely to raze tax-acquired building infested with fleas

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

MILLINOCKET, Maine – Filth, structural disrepair, mold and a heavy infestation of fleas found at a former video store during an inspection will likely lead to the razing of the tax-acquired building, Town Manager Eugene Conlogue said.

“It is just in poor shape,” Conlogue said Tuesday of the building.

Conlogue said he will likely recommend the demolition of the building to councilors when they meet at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Councilors inspected the former home of Movie Kingdom on Aroostook Avenue on Sept. 5 as part of what Councilor Michael Madore hoped would be the start of a cataloging of the town’s abandoned or troubled buildings.

The town got the Aroostook Avenue building as part of a foreclosure proceeding after its former owner failed in several attempts to sell it, Conlogue has said.

Hopes of rehabilitating the building faded during the walk-through, Madore said Tuesday.

“There was a lot of disrepair,” he said.

Madore has said he would like to see the town catalog its worst buildings as part of an urban renewal program. Many town buildings already have fallen into the cycle of decay that often comes with declining populations and increasing poverty, and Madore feels the properties might be abandoned.

“With everything that is going on, I would say that [renewal program] is not a priority right now,” Madore said. “We need to concentrate on this building and see where the recommendations may lead us or see where the council is on this.”

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