November 7, 2013 | Vol. 39, No. 45

Dangerous building hearing scheduled

The Petersburg Borough assembly will conduct a non-compliance hearing regarding a structure at 1011 Wrangell Avenue at its December 2 meeting.

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The structure at 1011 Wrangell Ave. will be the subject of a municipal code compliance hearing next month.

The hearing comes after Leo Luczak, Director of Community Development, deemed the structure a 'dangerous building' according to municipal code.

In June, Luczak wrote in a letter notifying owners Fred Triem and Karen Ellingstad, "Exclusive of the piling foundation, which has failed, the building suffers thirty-three percent or more of damage or deterioration to the supporting member or members..."

According to code, owners of dangerous buildings have 30 days to correct the situation before further action is taken.

Ellingstad responded in July and informed Luczak they had consulted with an engineer and a builder to address the issues. She also requested a 30-day extension, which Luczak approved.

By September no work had been done on the building and Luczak requested to the borough assembly that a non-compliance hearing be scheduled.

Luczak said he'll report on the condition of the building to the assembly and ask it to order the building to be removed at the owner's expense.

Luczak also deemed a building at 701 Gjoa Street to be dangerous and scheduled a non-compliance hearing for that owner as well. The owner has since removed the structure.

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