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Neighbors demand demolitions, Petersburg Council stops short


As concrete comes crumbling down on an abandoned hotel near I-95, families across Petersburg ask when four decaying homes will finally be demolished.

The homes from Baylors Lane to Byrne Avenue are missing columns or missing windows, and have decayed to the point where Petersburg could declare the dwellings nuisances to the community.

The City Council was poised to act this week, but in an email Friday, a Council spokesperson said that action has been delayed. The reason for stopping short of the public nuisance ordinances remained unclear.

"[The Council] may be waiting for additional information on the ownership of the properties," wrote spokesperson Joanne Williams.

But in an interview Friday, Petersburg resident Anne McIntyre said the house she looks at each day on Halifax Street has been derelict for a decade, and time is up.

"I think enough is enough," McIntryre said. "I came here from Florida. I've been here since 1958... and I'm hoping and praying that one day, it'll come back to where it was."

Nuisance declarations are currently proposed for 435 Byrne Street, 1328 Baylors Lane, 1330 Halifax Street and 1457 Ferndale Avenue. Since 2009, each property has been notified of multiple code violations, with owners sent letters to demolish or repair the homes.

The total cost of demolishing all the homes is an estimated $81,000, with Petersburg able to recover all costs from property owners.

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