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Potsdam village Board of Trustees to vote to survey damaged buildings

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POTSDAM — The village Board of Trustees will meet at 3 p.m. today to vote on several items, including whether to survey two neglected properties that have been damaged — one by fire and one by water.

The board also will vote to amend the zoning map for properties on outer Elm Street. In one instance, this will make way for the building of upscale townhouses planned by village property owner Ronald R. Page.

The house at 28 Pierrepont Ave. was irreparably damaged by fire in October, and now “meets the definition of a major unsafe and dangerous building,” according to the meeting’s agenda. The village notified the property owner in writing that the building had to be removed or repaired by June 23. That date has passed, and the structure remains in its same condition.

With no action from the owner, the village is voting to have a professional survey conducted on its condition, historical value and cost of repair. The owner will be given 10 days’ notice of the survey.

The board also will vote to take identical action on the structure at 11 Pleasant St., which was the site of severe flooding in November 2008 through February 2009, due to a combination of broken water pipes and vacancy, village Code Enforcement Officer Gregory Thompson said.

The village also will vote to rezone three properties on outer Elm Street, one of which will change from business and light residential to multiple-family residence to allow for the construction of townhouses, village Clerk/Treasurer Lori S. Queor said. The property the townhouses will be built on is across from a Valero gas station and a Tim Hortons. It has no specified address at this time.

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