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Tarentum Council approves demolition of blighted house on West Seventh Avenue

Madasyn Czebiniak
| Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, 1:42 p.m.
A view of the rear of 353 West Seventh Ave., Tarentum
LOUIS B. RUEDIGER | Tribune-Review
A view of the rear of 353 West Seventh Ave., Tarentum

Tarentum Council has approved the emergency demolition of a vacant and condemned house along West Seventh Avenue that was on a list of blighted properties the borough had hoped to raze this year.

Code enforcement officer Chris Fabec said the house at 353 W. Seventh Ave. is structurally unsafe and needs to come down. It has a crumbling foundation, and there are sanitation issues.

“(Chris) received a call, and when he went inside, I guess there had been squatters in there,” council Vice President Erika Josefoski said. “There was fecal matter, and people had been going in there and urinating and sleeping.”

The demolition will cost $3,800, Josefoski said. Officials hope to have the house torn down today.

Madasyn Czebiniak is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4702,, or on Twitter @maddyczebstrib.

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