Blighted properties receive review

A formerly blighted house at the corner of Howard and West Third Street has been demolished and is an open lot.

During the initial meeting of the Blighted Properties Review Board Tuesday, new member Joel Henderson, a councilman, received a briefing on what constitutes blight and what properties were under the status last year and are no longer.

Among the properties reviewed was the house on Howard Street in the Newberry section that is owned by a woman known by the city Codes Department, but who did not stay in contact with the officials when the house was deteriorating, according to former Mayor Philip Preziosi, who was chairman of the board last year and will likely take that role again when election of officers occurs at the next meeting.

The house had a structure fire several years ago; it continued to be a fire hazard and was razed several months ago, Preziosi said.

Another property on the board’s mind was that of Barry Eck at East Third and Railway streets. The house was damaged during a high-speed police chase in 2014 and Eck has consolidated the property and is renovating it after several months of legal entanglements have been settled, Preziosi said.

The board meets regularly at 10 a.m. on the following schedule, if necessary: March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, Aug. 21, Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18.