Pardon Our Mess: Burned house in Harrisburg owned by Land Bank

WHERE: In the historic Harrisburg district at 1707 Cartledge Lane, about a half-mile south of the John C. Calhoun Expressway.

WHAT: An abandoned single-story house that was built in 1916 and sustained heavy fire damage during a blaze on July 4, 2012. Portions of the foundation are roofless and supported on cinder blocks; and tin shingles and crumbled concrete fill the inside of the home. Neighbors complain of children roaming the residence.

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE: The Augusta Land Bank Authority owns the house and unanimously voted in favor of demolition in July.

ACTION TAKEN: Land Bank Authority Director Norman Michael has identified demolition funding in the agency’s budget and told the License and Inspection Division to proceed with asbestos testing and demolition bids. “I had to make sure our budget could afford to demolish the property so the Land Bank Authority waited for a few projects to take place before moving forward,” Michael said.

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