One Willow St. demolished as per town's orders
The walls of 1 Willow St. came crashing down early Monday morning, as a result of a demolition order from the Town of Yarmouth.
The building had become a continuing safety concern. Yarmouth town council ordered the demolition in September and accepted a tender of $11,000 from Rose Valley Trucking in October.
The property's owner has shown no signs of complying with the orders to remedy the deficiencies identified at the property.
The property owner, Jeff Raynard, learned of the order in August through a story in the Vanguard and had sent a letter to the town's mayor and council objecting to the town's order. The demolition order cites specific deficiencies that had to be rectified. Although he indicated to the town by email on Aug. 29 that he intended to fix the building, nothing has been done in the interim.
In a letter to council in August, Raynard wrote that he intended to fix both his Willow Street property and another one he owns at 19-21 Alma Street.
Since then however, town's CAO told council efforts to contact the owner have been unsuccesful and there has been no work on the building.
The Willow Street property, which is on the north-east corner of Cliff Street, is just one of a number of vacant buildings that are a growing source of concern to council.
The Willow Street property has been vacant and boarded up since the mortgage fraud fiasco rippled through the community in 2009-10. There is a do-not-occupy order on the building, which basically means it isn’t fit for human habitation.
Safety concerns prompted the town to hire a mason to go up and dismantle the chimney closest to the road because it was considered a hazard to passersby. An exterior staircase has also been removed for the same reason.
Now the building is just part of Yarmouth's history.