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Brick Approves Second Demolition of Abandoned Home

The Brick Township municipal complex. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The Brick Township municipal complex. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

On the heels of a contract award to demolish a home in the Beverly Beach neighborhood in Herbertsville, a home on the opposite side of Brick is getting the same treatment.

The home at 8 Queen Ann Road, the subject of fears from neighbors over its dangerous bulkhead and other safety hazards, will be the next property to be demolished under the township’s property maintenance ordinance.

The property was slated for demolition following a vote by the Property Maintenance Board, which was then followed by a bid solicitation on the part of the township council. Apparently, said Mayor John Ducey, the bank which has an interest in the property, which is in the midst of foreclosure, promised to either repair or demolish it in May.

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“Absolutely nothing has been filed, and therefore we are proceeding with securing bids” for demolition, Ducey said.

An attorney for the bank which is foreclosing on the home said her employer does not object to the demolition, and explained that her company did not move forward with it in order to avoid litigation since the foreclosure has not yet been completed.

Neighbors, on multiple occasions, have complained to the township council about the condition of the property.

“There’s still mold and mildew inside this house,” said Richard Morrill, who lives next door to the property. “The bulkhead itself is taking away my property.”

In addition to the caving-in bulkhead, a hole in the roof has often been exposed with no tarp on it, Morrill said.