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Man stops demolition of South Side home

Published: Wed, April 18, 2012 @ 12:03 a.m.

Staff report


With a large bulldozer already on his property, a city man obtained a temporary restraining order barring the city from demolishing the one-story South Side house.

Magistrate Dennis Sarisky of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court issued the order Tuesday, forbidding the city from razing the 10-room, 84-year-old, single-family dwelling at 2278 Volney Road.

The city’s bulldozer arrived Monday at the house belonging to Thomas T. Kelly, who also lists a Redondo Road address on the city’s North Side.

The magistrate set a preliminary injunction hearing on the matter for 2 p.m. April 25.

DeMaine Kitchen, chief of staff for Mayor Charles P. Sammarone, sent Kelly a letter April 11, saying the Volney Road house “is vacant, structurally unsound, and also poses a danger to surrounding occupied structures” and to firefighters, if they enter it.

“This is an immediate emergency situation,” Kitchen wrote, adding the city intended to immediately demolish the house.

In a Tuesday affidavit in support of his restraining order request, Kelly, through his lawyer, Donald P. Leone, said, “The property is not unsafe, a nuisance or unsanitary and blighted.” Kelly also said he has not had a chance to remove his personal belongings from the premises since he received Kitchen’s letter.


1lee(544 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

How about a picture of the house???

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2ytownsteelman(680 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Well the Bing aerial shows a house with tarps on the roof!

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3VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Those blue roofs are just a sign of failed building code requirements. Photo's on Google Earth or Bing are usually 2 to 5 years old. If a home's shingles have not been replaced by now, I can understand why the home has been declared blighted and unsafe. Typically, those blue tarps are only good for a year at best.

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4bsafeandproud(46 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Drive by this home and you can see why Mr. Kelly is severely mentally disturbed. Piles of garbage throughout the house and yard, large tow chains with garbage attached hanging from the front yard trees, and a ladder on the house to enter and exit through the hole on the roof! This has been an ongoing case since 1999, with jail time and many fines levied onto Mr. Kelly. The neighborhood is suffering because of this pig stye of a condemned home.

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5peggygurney(408 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

OMG This is so ridiculous. I'm sure that if the judge had been presented with pics of this house he would not have issued that restraining order. The only possible reason would be so that Mr. Kelly could remove his personal belongings. This has been going on for years. The house is literally falling down around itself and is indeed a hazard.

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