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Fourteen vacant properties in Duquesne are scheduled for demolition next year with the help of an Allegheny County Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund grant.
Six of the properties are on a single block of North Second Street.
At a special hearing Aug. 11, 16 properties were listed for possible demolition by city officials for being either a public nuisance or a danger to other people.
Owners of two of the properties appealed to delay two of the scheduled demolitions.
Seth McAllister Jr. made an appeal for his family’s property on South Second Street. McAllister told city officials that he is renovating the property and has already made significant progress.
Approximately $1,000 in back property taxes have been paid, he said, and a payment plan has been created for the rest.
Another property owner on South Second Street, Kimberly Thomas, said she will clean and repair a home that once belonged to her son, who has passed away. Thomas said settling her son’s affairs has taken some time but that she has several prospective buyers for the property.
City council granted a 60-day extension to both McAllister and Thomas to continue work.
Properties added to the city’s demolition list include:
• 12 North Second St.
• 24 North Second St.
• 39 North Second St.
• 48 North Second St.
• 49 North Second St.
• 53 North Second St.
• 102 North Second St.
• 116 North Second St.
• 137 North Third St.
• 146 North Third St.
• 153 North Third St.
• 209 Hamilton Ave.
• 315 Hamilton Ave.
• 615 Priscilla Ave.
City Manager Doug Sample said Duquesne hopes to begin soliciting bids for demolition of the properties later this year.
Nick Zurawsky is a freelance writer in Pittsburgh. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally published August 17, 2020.