Beautification Task Force Razes Abandoned Building

Feb. 19, 2009 — It took less than two hours Thursday morning for government crews to take down a two-story abandoned building in Savan that has been slated for demolition for the past 10 years.
The building on Strand Gade had been deemed a fire hazard, and has recently been wracked by two fires, vagrants and various illegal activities, according to St. Thomas-Water Island Administrator Barbara Petersen.
Working hand in hand with V.I. Fire Services on the project, the Abandoned Vehicle and Beautification Task Force is continuing its efforts to beautify the island, and will be knocking down about five other abandoned structures within the next several months, she said.
"It's really time for us to move ahead with these types of projects," Petersen added. "Our goal is to clean up the island, and that's exactly what we're going to do."
Since Savan is an historical neighborhood, the Historic Preservation Commission was also brought in to aid in the task force's efforts, added Fire Services' Darryl George.
"This house has another abandoned wooden building right next to it," he pointed out. "If it were to really catch fire, both of them would go up. We're taking all the steps necessary to prevent that, and are really aggressively going after these abandoned buildings."

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