AVON — Progress has been put on hold for the demolition of an Avon home due to unsafe working conditions.
The house that was once home to one Dennis Catuzza, was set to begin being demolished September 16, but as community members can observe, the house still stands.
“As of right now, we don’t have a definite date that the house will come down,” said Tony Cappello, Code Enforcement Officer for the Village of Avon.
Ron’s Contracting was set to demolish the house on September 16 with a time estimate of ten days to three weeks to have the project completed entirely. However safety concerns for the demolition crew have but the demolition on hold.
“The plan was that they, (Ron’s Contracting), were going to tear the house down floor by floor, but they no longer feel that the structure is safe to do that,” said Cappello. “They want to demolish the whole house all at once.”
The change of order will be of no cost to the Village of Avon but will however need to be approved by MRB, the engineering company for the Village of Avon who put together the specifications and bid package for the demolition as well as the Department of Labor.
“We, the board, hired MRB to manage the demolition of the house, we need to let them do their job,” said Tom Freeman, Mayor for the Village of Avon. “Demolishing a house is not in the realm of a village board.”
According to Mayor Freeman, MRB is waiting on the Department of Labor to approve the contract change.
“A contract was issued on September 13, and the contractors have 30 days to commence the project,” said Mayor Freeman.
According to Cappello, once the house is all set for demolition, he will receive a letter from MRB to issue a demolition permit for condemnation of the house.
According to Gary Benedict, Chief of Police for the Village of Avon, there are no anticipated traffic issues due to the demolition of the house.