Sanford councilors have approved a bid to demolish this vacant home at 32 River St., recently deemed dangerous and unfit for human habitation. TAMMY WELLS/Journal Tribune

Sanford councilors have approved a bid to demolish this vacant home at 32 River St., recently deemed dangerous and unfit for human habitation. TAMMY WELLS/Journal Tribune

SANFORD — A vacant River Street home in Sanford designated as a dangerous building under the city’s ordinances back in October will soon be demolished.

The Sanford City Council recently awarded the bid in the amount of $10,640 to Guillemette Brothers of Sanford. It was the lowest of two bids received for the work.

The project involves demolition and removal of the building including the foundation, filling the foundation hole with clean soil, applying erosion control wood chips to the impacted areas of the site and securing the site with fencing and boulders to limit and prevent illegal parking and trespassing, according to Community Development Director Ian Houseal.

The Cape Cod-style house has been placarded as unfit for human habitation. It has no water service.

There are broken windows, the basement was so full of items codes officers couldn’t venture in, there was trash and food waste in the kitchen, the shed is unpermitted and there were squatters sleeping on the second story when the codes officers arrived to inspect the building in September.

The Sanford City Council’s vote to accept the bid was unanimous.

Houseal said he expected the demolition to begin in about three weeks.

The owner of the property died several months ago.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or [email protected]


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