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BW Breaking News: Several Subpoenaed Over Demolition Of Zombie Home

Mount Vernon — Councilman André Wallace served over a dozen people subpoenas on Friday, involving the demolition of a zombie home located at 136 Park Avenue. While the names of those served have yet to be released, due to one or two more people still needing to be served, all who were served are required to appear before the Mount Vernon City Council to testify at a hearing.

The proposed demolition of two Zombie Homes in Mt. Vernon has been widely publicized.

Following Saturday January 23rd’s unprecedented blizzard-like snowfall, Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas announced that two houses would be immediately demolished following extreme damage to properties at 136 Park Avenue and 271 South 2nd Avenue.

“I have long warned against the dangers of zombie homes, and the threat they pose to public safety,” he said in his announcement. “I am using my powers as mayor to protect the people of Mount Vernon. These two structures have been long neglected and, with the record snowfall, are a threat to the neighborhood. We will tear them down immediately and the owners can expect a bill from the city.”

Thomas who appeared with his children in front of the demolition site on Park Avenue, Sunday, January 31, is targeting zombie homes across the city to help revitalize struggling neighborhoods. The demolition of Zombie Homes was one of Thomas campaign promises in his mayoral run.

The state Department of Labor received complaints that Figueroa & Son Contracting didn’t perform an asbestos survey at the burned-out Park Avenue home. The city halted the planned demolition of another “zombie home” until the contractor hired to do the job can show he has proper asbestos licenses.

The Building Department issued a cease and desist letter, ordering Figueroa & Son to halt all demolition of a home at 271 South Second Avenue after receiving a letter from the state Department of Labor’s Asbestos Control Bureau.

Councilman André Wallace was unavailable for comment at this time.

Stay tuned to BW for further details in the developing story.

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