Rippy Road mobile home vanishing

Published 2:36 pm Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A mobile home on Rippy Road in Tryon that nearby residents have called an eyesore for years is almost gone.

Demolition of the structures on the property began last week and all that was left yesterday was the slab where the mobile home once sat.

Rods Handyman Service of Tryon began demolishing the structures last week.

Town officials have worked on code enforcement regarding the mobile home for the past couple of years. Tryon Town Council in October approved a resolution and ordinance to demolish the structure because it did not meet housing code.

The mobile home, located at 101 Rippy Road, was dilapidated with no windows in places and the siding had been removed. The structure even showed insulation from the outside.

Tryon Fire Chief and town code enforcer Joey Davis said the town has been involved with code enforcement with the property for quite some time, beginning with former town planner Melanie Sand.

The town has made unsuccessful attempts to contact the property owners, with letters being returned to the town, according to Davis.

Nearby property owners have urged the town for the past couple of years to enforce its codes with regard to the structure as well as two other dilapidated structures on the property.

The town has demolished a few houses recently, with some being burned for training. The Rippy Road structures were not suitable for burning, Davis told council in October.

A couple of years ago, Tryon adding funding for demolition of dilapidated structures to its budget.