By Carol Martin
Monday, May 26, 2008
The owner, Frank Fata of 235 Cheshire Road (not the Ward 5 councillor) was ordered in June of 2007 to repair and paint the exterior stucco, paint all exterior soffit and fascia and replace the roofing to make the structure leak-proof.
As the photo gallery at the bottom of this article shows, Fata's building remains a blight on the urban landscape.
The soffit has been repaired, but most of the other orders have not been carried out.
On May 14, Fata finally took out a building permit to complete the required work and to alter the roof structure to stop deterioration of the front columns.
Ward 5 Councillor David Celetti said he had heard that a prospective tenant for the property had died and he asked his fellow councillors to give Fata an opportunity to come and explain his situation.
But councillors would have none of it.
Instead, they directed that if City officials aren't convinced that the work has substantially commenced within 30 days, they should hire people to do the work, with the cost being added to Fata's property taxes.