The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 14, 2014

Riverside council adds more properties to blighted list

By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News

— RIVERSIDE — Borough council members have agreed to add two more addresses to the list of blighted properties in the borough.

The two properties, 413 Avenue F and 912 Sunbury Road, “need to either be fixed up or knocked down for the sake of other property values around them,” said council president John Novak.

The council will notify Jackie Hart, the borough’s code enforcement officer, of the additions.

Hart plans to put together a progress matrix to allow the borough and the public to better keep track of any improvements to the property and at what step in the renovation process each property is at, Novak said.

No properties have been removed from the list so far, Novak said.

The other blighted properties on the borough’s list are 1112 Avenue F, 305 Third St., 101 Elysburg Road, 302 Gearhart St. and 196 D&H Avenue.

Novak said 1112 Avenue F was showing signs of improvement and was moving along in its renovation process.

In March, Hart reported the property owner of 101 Elysburg Road was scheduling a demolition on the property and that the owner of 305 Third Street was making requested improvements to the house’s electrical system, exterior and roofing.

Hart also reported she could not get in touch with the owner of 196 D&H Avenue and that council previously rejected a schedule of repairs to 302 Gearhart, saying the timeline was not concrete.

In other borough zoning news, Novak also said nothing has changed on the status of the Riverside Adventure Company building owned by Dave Decoteau. Decoteau still needs to submit proper paperwork stating exactly what he intends to use the building for before he can continue renovations, Novak said.

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