July 21, 2008

City likely to buy Dutton Avenue house next month

City councilors are likely to approve a $218,000 deal to buy an old stone house next to Rockwell Park at their Aug. 12 meeting.
“This is great” for the city, said Councilor Frank Nicastro, chairman of the Real Estate Committee.
The city has already bought an adjacent lot for $63,000, a purchase that lawyers completed this summer after the council backed it months ago.
Officials have been eyeing both the house and the lot for a couple of years but wanted to make sure that the city wouldn’t land in the middle of a family dispute about the disposition of the property.
A judge gave Jan Bevivino until late June to buy the house that her family had long owned or else it would be sold to the city or a private buyer. Bevivino said she would still like to purchase the house, but couldn’t meet the deadline.
Lawyer Salvatore Vitrano, who represents the rest of the family in the case, said in a letter to the city that her failure to come up with the money gives the city a green light to move ahead with the deal.
The real estate panel, which consists of Nicastro and Councilors Kevin McCauley and Mike Rimcoski – unanimously urged the council to take the offer in August.
Nicastro said that buying the house would open up the entrance to Rockwell Park even further, leaving only a former gas station and a small apartment building for future city purchases to clear the way to both the park and Muzzy Field.
It appears the city would likely tear down the house once the purchase becomes final.
“It looks like it would come down,” McCauley has said.

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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Haven't they wasted enough of OUR TAXPAYERS' money yet this year ???

I guess they figure they better do it quick while they still have jobs .

Anonymous said...

But we can't help the VNA treat sick poor people for less then half of that much money. Thank God for Art Ward!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Frank

Anonymous said...

People, try to see beyond the end of your noses.

Anonymous said...

Looks like McCauley is correct: the city IS IN the Real Estate business.

Anonymous said...

Take a family home away from someone who really wants it for nothing.

This is very sad.

Anonymous said...

Bevivino was Zoppo supporter.

Was that a factor in this situation?

Anonymous said...

the decision to sell the homested was decided by the court in order to settle the family estate.

Anonymous said...

Dr. NO (Rimcoski) voted to spend city funds on a house?

kangaman said...

You people amaze me....
B*tch b*tch and more b*tch...
A post on the same level as yours...lol