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Complaint leads to demolition


Burned-out house on Borland Road called 'eyesore' and danger to kids


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All that remains of a fire-damaged house on Borland Road is barren terrain. photo by Tom Wearing.

June 17, 2009
IMLAY CITY — A resident who expressed concern to city commissioners about a burned-out property on Borland Road may have hastened the demolition of the structure late last week.

The unoccupied house at 312 E. Borland Rd. was extensively damaged in an April 29 fire. Because the fire was deemed suspicious and thought to be arson, an investigation had been ongoing but not completed.

Jennie Roberts, who lives near the burned-out house, at the June 2 meeting told city commissioners that the property had become an eyesore and a public nuisance, especially to children playing in the neighborhood.

City Manager Amy Planck informed Roberts that she would discuss the matter with police Chief John Stano, to see if the house, owned by Paul LaFontaine Sr., could be boarded up or torn down.

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Once Stano gave his approval last week, the property owner hired a contractor to raze the house.

"He (Chief Stano) told us we could go ahead and demolish the property," said Paul LaFontaine Jr. on Monday. "We were glad to get it torn down. I know there had been some concerns from neighbors."

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