Some news I wasn’t able to fit into today’s installment of the Ken Bond/PSN Realty saga: (Read the column here.)
On April 29, Scranton City Council called for an emergency declaration to demolish a pair of Bond’s worst properties — 616 Cedar Ave. and 1620-1622 Pine St. Licensing, Inspections and Permits Department Director Pat Hinton told me Tuesday that he and a city engineer inspected 616 Cedar and determined that the building poses “no immediate threat.”
“We can’t justify an emergency demolition,” Hinton said. He said demolition of the eyesore will be difficult because it’s between two buildings and “very expensive, because it’s wrapped in asbestos.”
Hinton said he’s waiting for direction from the city’s legal department.
As for 1620-1622 Pine, Hinton said the city has asked Lackawanna County Judge Margaret Bisignani Moyle to vacate a stay of demolition requested by Bond. He appealed demolition on the grounds that he planned to renovate the building, but has done nothing since. I’ll reach out to the judge this afternoon and ask for an update.
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