City won't shred plans to enforce Paper Box building violations
Wed, 27 Jul 2011 21:59:16 GMT —
The City of Quincy is taking another look at a downtown eyesore.
Just weeks after the city council denied funds to fix safety concerns at the old Quincy Paper Box Company building, council members have put the issue back on the table.
As KHQA's Melissa Shriver shows you, this isn't the first time this building has been declared a nuisance.
The Quincy Paper Box Company building has been a part of the city for decades, but during the last four years, it's fallen into disrepair. And the city wants to fix it.
When you walk down a city sidewalk, you have to avoid debris and shards of broken glass ... and overgrown weeds.
In fact it's so bad that the fire department says it won't send firefighters inside in case of a fire, because of the unstable structure inside. That's not all.
City Planner Chuck Bevelheimer said, "There are vagrants living inside."
The city has pushed the issue with the building's owner Don Weinburg twice before. Then last year he and city officials signed an agreement that gave Weinberg until January 2011 to make certain repairs to the building. When the owner didn't meet the deadline, the city got a court order to enforce it. That move required the city council to approve paying $73 thousand up front to make the repairs through the Fix or Flatten program. The money would have come back to the city through a lien on the property, but the initial payout was voted down during a council meeting in June.
A short time later, the city announced it was suspending the 15 year old Fix or Flatten program.
Bevelheimer said, "It's the position of the city that if we're going to take this to a judge and take a property and a property owner to court we have to follow through with a court order if that is what it comes down to. Of course we would hope it doesn't get to that but from experience we know that many times we have to enforce the court orders."
But Monday Councilman Mike Farha put the issue back on the table. Now if the property owner doesn't finish the work by August 22 the city will step in.
The Quincy Fire Chief Joe Henning says firefighters would be sent into the paperbox building in case of fire, if there was reason to believe someone was inside.
But he says with the amount of debris inside, firefighters could become disoriented quickly in case of a fire.
We tried to talk to the owner of the Paper Box building. He declined comment.
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