City councilors in Maine wary of setting precedent in property gifts
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine city councilors are wary about accepting the donation of a vacant and decrepit building that the city may be forced to tear down anyway.
The building, located on one of Augusta's main streets, was ordered vacated in 2012 after city code officials determined it was uninhabitable due to violations. The Kennebec Journal reports the city already owns a vacant building adjacent to it.
City Councilor Linda Conti says Augusta officials should be wary about possibly setting a precedent of having property owners pass the expensive cost of demolition off to the city itself.
City Manager William Bridgeo says the two buildings are at risk of fire due to squatters, and has recommended tearing both properties down to make a more marketable lot.