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Sterling plans to demolish house

Owner a no-show in court

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 9:55 a.m. CDT

STERLING – The city will demolish a rundown house on First Avenue.

On Monday, the Sterling City Council voted unanimously to demolish the big white house at 902 First Ave. 

The house has been vacant or abandoned for at least 3 years, according to the city.

“Part of the roof is caved in. The porch is falling apart,” said Amanda Schmidt, the city’s building and zoning superintendent.

In October, the city received an order from Whiteside County Court to proceed with demolition.

The owner, Bill Fassler, never showed up in court, Schmidt said.

“He was hard to serve [with papers],” she said.

CP’s Demolition was the low bidder at $11,900. Asbestos abatement will be contracted out before demolition occurs. 

The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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