A dozen Gilbert Avenue residents listened Wednesday as the Blasdell Village Board issued an ultimatum to a landlord on their street: Rehabilitate the property or have it torn down.
It is the second public hearing in three months in which the board has squared off with Gail Pirincci, who owns rental properties in the village.
During the hearing, the board told the landlord that she has 10 days to hire an engineer and prove, at her own cost, that the building at 7 Gilbert Ave. is worth being rehabilitated. If that is done, then the landlord has 15 days from that point to come up with a rehabilitation plan. If not, it will be torn down.
Mayor Michael R. Petrie said he inspected the building himself and found glaring fire and safety hazards within the two apartments that make up the home. A former tenant described deplorable conditions there and said she paid for repairs herself just to make the apartment livable. Both upstairs and downstairs tenants were eventually evicted, and the house was boarded up.
In October, Pirincci was brought in for a building violations hearing for 81 Maple Ave., where tenants there were also evicted because of unsafe conditions. At that time, Joseph R. Boncore, Town of Hamburg code-enforcement officer, said the owner needed to file a remediation plan, apply for a building permit, agree to regular inspections, hire licensed plumbers and electricians, and pass a safety inspection.
Though the landlord promised to rectify that situation, she never followed through and brought in new tenants without completing the required repairs, Petrie said.
Trustee David J. Adrian thanked residents, many of them looking frustrated, for attending the hearing and assured them that the board is making progress on neglected properties throughout the village but that due process must be followed.
In other matters, the board agreed to freeze all expenditures for the remainder of the fiscal year. The mayor said the practice is standard for the village as it closes in on the final months of its budget year. He said that emergency spending will be allowed but that expenses exceeding $300 need board approval.