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Wall landmark may be demolished

Thursday, March 6, 2014, 4:31 a.m.

Wall borough officials are considering demolishing the Wall Hotel because bricks from the crumbling building fell onto Wall Avenue late last month.

A portion of Wall Avenue near the intersection of Versailles Street has been limited to single-lane traffic because the area has been deemed unsafe.

Mark Lassaro, borough ordinance officer and building inspector, said bricks fell from the roof of the three-story building during February's bitter cold.

“Between the mortar being weak and all the freezing cold, part of the parapet wall above the roof came free and fell onto the sidewalk and street,” he said. “There wasn't much damage, but it's a little bit of a hazard and it's going to need immediate attention if it's going to be repaired.”

Lazzaro said the borough has had no success reaching the owner, and taxes have not been paid on the property in years. The building most recently served as a strip club until it was closed more than five years ago.

“Council was going to have a condemnation hearing, but they couldn't just go in and tear down that building,” Lazzaro said. “But if the owner fails to respond and nobody can take over the thing or do anything with it, then that leaves it in the hands of the borough.”

Mayor Robert Arlet, council president Thomas Wratcher and borough secretary Julie Donolo could not be reached or did not return calls for comment.

Wall resident Bob Roth said that, in addition to the poor state of the building, the traffic situation it has caused is becoming a problem.

“When buses try to come through, they've got to back up and wait ... Right now, it's just a big pain,” Roth said.

Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1970, or



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