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Owner told to repair or raze home

The owner of a house in Eden that was severly damaged in a fire in July has been given until March 20 to either make repairs or demolish the structure.

Neighbors of the house at 2937 Maple Ave. complained to the Town Board on Wednesday night that the structure has been left in its damaged state for seven months with tarps flapping in the wind and the basement filled with water.

Nadine Kelley, daughter of owner Leon Renn, said she would like nothing better than to have the matter resolved, but the insurance company is dragging its feet.

The town had declared the building unsafe on Jan. 19 and given Renn until today to repair or raze the two-story home, but during a hearing Wednesday, Jules J. Ravo, an attorney for the owner, asked for an additional 75 days and indicated it is likely the building would be demolished.

Several neighbors complained that action should have been taken before now and the board went into executive session for half an hour before voting to give him until March 20, unless the building inspector determines that an emergency demolition is necessary.

"If we could have gotten the insurance money, we wanted this over months ago," said Kelly, representing her 80-year-old father, who is in poor health.

"It's a reasonable compromise," Ravo said.

If the house is not repaired or demolished by March 20, the town will take steps to have it demolished, with the cost billed to the owner.

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