MOUNT VERNON — Concern for the safety aspect at the Mazza’s building was raised Tuesday morning when the Mount Vernon Dilapidated Buildings Commission met at City Hall. Mount Vernon Fire Chief Chris Menapace stated that even though the building is being scheduled for demolition with the Moving Ohio Forward grant program, he has real concerns with the building in the meantime. After a recent walk-through of the structure, Menapace suggested the building be put on the commission’s watch list and to give the owner some guidance in keeping the building safe and secure.
“It’s in bad shape. I worry about that building catching on fire,” said Menapace, citing numerous instances of attempted break-ins to the building.
Safety-Service Director Dave Glass agreed to add this property to the commission’s agenda and will remain in contact with the owner about release for the city right-of-way.
No other items appeared on Tuesday’s agenda as new business, but two properties remained on the commission’s agenda as previously referred to law director Chip McConville.
Glass is awaiting an update on the status of 305 S. Division St. where the house is in “bad shape” with residents reportedly moving out. McConville will continue to monitor the property and work with the property owner in getting repairs made.
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