Old house demolished in Church Hill
CHURCH HILL — The house that stood at 319 Main St. in Church Hill for over a centur y is no more.
Workers from Patchett Excavating demolished the long-vacant and deteriorating building on Monday, Aug. 15 and by the end of the day all that remained was a pile of rubble and the house’s foundation. The foundation was removed later and the site cleared.
The Church Hill Town Commissioners adopted a resolution in June for removing the two-stor y home, which the town has owned since 2014. There was discussion about possibly restoring the building, but that proved impractical, Commissioner Ed Raffetto said at the time the resolution was adopted. Estimates received for a restoration were “economically unfeasible,” he said.
The house was sold to a new owner in 1998 or 1999 and was already in poor condition, and the new owner did not have the resources to take care of it, Raffetto said. The owner eventually abandoned the property and it was taken over by a bank that “did nothing” with it, and the deterioration continued, he said. Later, there were liens and in August 2014, the town acquired the house, according to Raffetto.
At the time the commissioners adopted the resolution in June, the back side of the house was in danger of collapsing, sewer pipes were almost rusted through, and there was exposed lead paint. Raffetto called it “a danger to the health, safety, and welfare of anyone who goes near it.” Yellow tape was put around the house, warning people to stay away from it.
The lot on which the house stood was described as oddly shaped, making a new house unlikely. Instead, the commissioners are looking at possibly creating a small parking lot there, Commissioner Charlie Rhodes said.
Heavy equipment was at work all day Monday, Aug. 15 demolishing the long-vacant and deteriorating house at 319 Main St. in Church Hill. The building came down in a single day.