Watertown is on a tear when it comes to condemned buildings

wwny Watertown is on a tear when it comes to condemned buildings

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The city of Watertown is on a tear - tearing down more condemned buildings.

A duplex at 632 Factory Street was being demolished Wednesday. It's one of 6 condemned properties owned by the city due to back taxes and it's the fifth one to be razed.

Next week, crews are scheduled to tear down a building at 603 Boyd Street.

Code Enforcement Supervisor Carolyn Meunier said it's costing the city $110,500 to demolish the 6 properties. She said it would have cost $90,000 just to clean them up. It would have been even more expensive to make them livable.

Wednesday’s demolition came after crews tore down a building at 403 West Main Street, owned by Jake Johnson, who will be billed $45,000 for the work.

On Friday, the building next door with an official address of 409 West Main Street, will be razed at a cost of $55,000. That property, built in the late 1800s, is also owned by Johnson, who, again, will get a bill.

As a result, that portion of West Main will again be closed to traffic.

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