Almost three weeks ago, a house on Lormore Street was leveled by the City of Elmira. Today, the rubble still stands.
“They need to get it cleaned up,” Irvin Tillinghast, a neighbor, said. “It don’t look right the way it is right now. There’s kids playing around here.”
The home was deemed unsafe because of an unstable foundation.
“We have the right to remove a property if it’s unsafe to the local community,” Michael Collins, the Elmira City Manager, said, “or the neighbors surrounding them.”
Neighbors said they fear dust and asbestos affecting their health. Collins said there is no threat of asbestos.
Neighbors also said strong odors fill the air.
“You can smell the moldy rust, moldy wood when it starts to rot when you walk by,” Tillinghast said.
Neighbors added they’ve witnessed people stepping into the fenced off property and taking some of the rubble.
“Certainly, if someone does witness someone on there I would certainly recommend someone contact the police department or the fire department,” Collins said.
The good news, Collins said the neighbors won’t need to deal with it for much longer.
“I can assure you it will be cleaned up,” Collins said. “The neighborhood will go back to normal and I can assure you that everything will be resolved.”
Collins said the homeowner has until May 31 to clean up the rubble. After the deadline, the city will step in to clean up and bill the homeowner.