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Monday March 26th, 2012

Posted at 10:15am

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A series of boarded-up and burnt-out townhouses on Erie Street in Midtown will finally be demolished under the City of Windsor’s blight mitigation strategy.

The City of Windsor’s Building Department is proceeding with demolition of an eight-unit townhouse building located at 501 Erie Street West between Bruce and Janette that has sat vacant for over half a decade and costs for demolition will be added to the taxes of the property owner.

Bylaw inspectors have paid 84 visits to the site since around 2005 and issued 12 building orders. Since then, the site has been boarded up and secured by the City to prevent illegal access and the potential for vandalism and fires such as one nearby at 411 Elliott in 2011 which cost the fire department $17,561.31.

Demolition was originally scheduled for Tuesday January 24th but site, legal and utility delays further pushed back the start of demolition.  The site was fenced last week and an excavator was brought in.

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