2017-02-09 / Front Page

Now You’ve ‘Gone’

By ARCHIE MOUNTAIN

THIS PROPERTY at 12 Ash St. in
Newport was torn down recently because of its hazardous condition. It
had not been occupied since the mid-1970. — ARCHIE MOUNTAIN PHOTOTHIS PROPERTY at 12 Ash St. in Newport was torn down recently because of its hazardous condition. It had not been occupied since the mid-1970. — ARCHIE MOUNTAIN PHOTO
A line in Ferlin Husky’s 1957 hit song “Gone” ends four verses with the words “Now You’ve Gone.”

And so is the building at 12 Ash St., last occupied in the 1970s, according to records at the Newport Office of Planning and Zoning.

The building was demolished on Jan. 23-24 and hauled away in pieces by United Construction Company of Newport. It cost the Town of Newport $12,400, which had permission from Newport District Court to do the job.

The court letter dated Jan. 10 follows:

“This letter is notice that property owned by Donzella Pelletier, located at 12 Ash St. in Newport, will be demolished by the Town of Newport under order of the Newport District Court. The house has been unoccupied since the mid-1970’s, and has remained open and accessible to unauthorized entry at various grade level locations; shows several structural failure, and has potential for sever fire concerns to this and adjacent properties.”

According to town records, the Newport Fire Chief and Building Inspector both inspected the property on March 6, 2016.

“It is their opinion that there is easy accessibility to the structure. The upper dormers have collapsed and it is apparent that it is just a matter of time before the support systems fail and the entire structure falls down.

“Should there be a fire at this property, the risk to the safety of the Town’s first responders would be greatly heightened due to the condition of the house. Additionally, the hazardous condition of the house poses a constant concern to the safety of children or others given that the property serves as an attractive nuisance as well as the surrounding properties in the event of a fire or collapse of the building. This structure is located in a closely inhabited neighborhood.”

“Now You’ve Gone.”


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