2018-10-21 / Front Page

Village council approves demolition of Heritage House

By Jeanne Marcello
Staff Reporter

CHESANING – The deadline for completion of repairs to the former Heritage House, 605 W. Broad St., was Friday, Oct. 19. The front porch was rebuilt, but the columns have not been replaced. It still needs painting and the broken windows had not been replaced as required by the Village of Chesaning.

During the Tuesday, Oct. 16 meeting of the Chesaning Village Council, Village Administrator Troy Feltman said, “(Building administrator Rob Kehoe) has been on site on several occasions. The columns we were concerned about are actually structurally sound. It’s more of an aesthetic issue, than structural. Approximately 45 to 50 percent of the work is complete. Rob spoke with Mr. (Timothy) Whitney. He has contacted a painter and is still planning to have it completed by the end of the week. Our direction was to bulldoze if not completed by Oct. 19.”

The village had received only one bid on the demolition. The contractor who bid expressed concerns about the possibility of environmental issues at the site.

Village President Joseph Sedlar, Jr. said, “The inside of the building has been gutted out. I don’t think there’s going to be a problem.”

Feltman said, “It’s private property. We’re trying to minimize the use of public dollars. I’m looking for your call.”

Councilman Phil Larner said, “There’s been a couple of good days they could’ve worked on it.”

Sedlar said, “You’d think he’d come to a meeting and convince us. It’s been sitting for six years. He’s had plenty of time.”

Councilman Keith Wenzel said, “Tear it down.”

Councilman Trent Vondrasek said, “My concern is the blight issue.”

Larner said, “There’s broken windows yet.”

Sedlar said, “He could’ve gotten a lot done in that 45 days, if he wanted. That fancy wooden porch (isn’t enough). Unfortunately for him and the people of Chesaning, it’s coming down.”

Timothy Whitney couldn’t be reached for comment.

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