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EYESORE BUILDING ON EGGERT ROAD TO BE RAZED

The end may be near for an Eggertsville eyesore.

Amherst officials took an unusually tough stance on neighborhood deterioration Tuesday when they ordered the demolition of an old, abandoned retail building at 1718 Eggert Road, across from Arcade Avenue.

The building -- which has broken windows, a dilapidated roof and overgrown weeds, among other problems -- has been a haven for rodents and juveniles alike, said Thomas M. Perno of 1732 Eggert.

"It's been an abomination and an eyesore to the community," Perno said. "We pay good taxes, and we would like to see something come out of this."

The building is owned by Victor and Bibiana Kolber of Amherst, said Building Commissioner Thomas C. Ketchum.

The building has been run-down for years, Ketchum said. The owners have been cited for various building-code violations on several occasions since 1995, Ketchum said.

More recently, the Eggertsville Community Organization -- a neighborhood group -- complained about the storefront and asked officials to take action against the property owners.

In response, the Building Department cited the owners again, but still no action was taken, Ketchum said.

Ketchum said the town could start fining the owners daily or weekly until the violations are corrected.

The Town Board, in fact, has the power to order demolition of old buildings that may be a neighborhood blemish or pose a safety hazard, but the directive is unusual, Building Department officials said.

The Highway Department will demolish the Eggert Road building and assess the costs to the property owners.

The Town Board ordered the building to be razed within 60 days.

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