Tryon moving forward with demolition of Markham Road house

Published 12:47 pm Monday, August 23, 2010

After giving family members more time earlier this summer to make improvements to a Markham Road house and&bsp; seeing no results, the Town of Tryon has decided to move forward with demolishing the structure. The house is located at 810 Markham Road.

On two occasions since April, representatives of the home’s owners asked for more time to do repairs.

The town approved an ordinance to demolish the house in May because it did not meet code.

During councils June meeting, family members of the owners of the house asked council to allow them to fix the house so it could be rented out. The town gave them 30 days to turn in a plan and asked that outside maintenance begin immediately.

Town manager Justin Hembree said since that time he believes the grass has been cut once, but no other improvements have been done.

Hembree told town council last Tuesday that family members have not submitted a plan for improvements.

Council also announced Tuesday that another house is scheduled to be demolished on Aug. 28. The house, located at 908 Markham Road was approved for demolition in June. Tryon Fire Chief Joey Davis says his department will conduct a controlled burn at the structure for training next Saturday.

The 908 Markham Road home has been abandoned for 20 to 25 years, according to the town.

Tryon agreed a couple of years ago to begin a process to demolish dilapidated houses in town and budgeted $35,000 for the work. Town officials went on a tour and created a list of such dilapidated structures.