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Reading residents outraged over lack of cleanup after building collapse

By Jennifer Joas, Reporter, JJoas@wfmz.com
Published On: Oct 15 2013 04:32:51 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 15 2013 06:32:47 PM CDT

Reading residents outraged over collapsed building

READING, Pa. -

Residents in Reading are outraged as a collapsed building sits in disrepair.

Jim Bocian lives in the 1200 block of Buttonwood Street, just two doors down from the five foot pile of rubble lying on the sidewalk.

"Pissed off. It is a shame the city let this happen. For years and years they let this guy do whatever he wanted to do. So now everybody in the neighborhood has got to pay," said Bocian.

The home collapsed back on June 25. That is when 69 News learned that the building had been condemned and the owner had been living without water and utilities for years.

Neighbors say they are paying the ultimate price as they step out their doors every morning looking at the eyesore. And they're concerned about the safety of their kids.

"We were thinking they need to remove it because there is a lot of kids playing out there," said neighbor Marea Corts.

It has now been four months and neighbors say the building still looks the same as the day it came crumbling down. And they want answers as to when the city will demolish it.

"If they do not want to fix it then just put it down or do something with it," said Corts.

69 News first spoke with Mayor Vaughn Spencer's office by phone for comment. Staff referred us to the codes office. Now the codes department will not comment until it gets permission from the mayor.

"Clean it up. I know in my house, if the wall would fall down, they would give me so many days to clean it up and fix it. But now it has been months and it still looks the same way," said Bocian.

69 News tried contacting the mayor again but has yet to hear back from him.