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New Dangers to Landmarked 43 MacDougal Street

GVSHP and neighbors have long fought to have the city take action against the owner of the landmarked 43 MacDougal Street, an 1846 house which has been abandoned for many years.  Frequently left open to the elements and intruders, the building has become a health and safety threat to its neighbors, and GVSHP is concerned that irreparable damage is being done to the historic building. GVSHP has succeeded in getting city agencies to issue fines against the owner, seal the building, erect a sidewalk shed to protect passersby, and begin initiation of a “demolition by neglect” lawsuit, which charges the owner with allowing a landmarked building to be demolished due to neglect, and forces them to make repairs. 

In spite of this, the building continues to deteriorate, and most recently water collecting on the roof has led to warping of the facade, graffiti has appeared on the building’s upper floors, and there is clear evidence of squatters living on the city-installed sidewalk shed and possibly within the building. This presents the very real threat of immediate safety hazards for the building and its neighbors.

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