The former Angelo’s restaurant will likely be demolished soon unless the owner steps forward with major plans.
“This building has been found to be a dangerous building by the Building Department,” says a sign posted conspicuously on all doors.
Building inspector David Macartney said he has been proceeding slowly and cautiously with action on the dilapidated structure, which has sat vacant for years.
Sanitation and structural concerns have prompted Amherst officials to condemn Angelo’s. If nothing is done, it’s possible the whole water-logged building could collapse, Macartney said.
Owner Jay Murray has been notified twice in the past year and a half to make repairs at Angelo’s at the corner of Church and Tenney. Most recently, he was given 30 days to submit a plan to fix the building or appeal — that window has come and gone and now officials are poised to act.
Macartney said the roof is falling in to such an extent that police who swept the restaurant recently were hesitant to stand in certain areas. The odor from a large amount of trash also drew the attention of neighbors and the debris was removed by the city.
An estimate shows the cost of demolition at just under $15,000, according to city officials. Removing asbestos from floor tiles would cost a few hundred dollars more.
Macartney said he has talked to Murray on several occasions but has not received any kind of plan to make the property safe. “If they came to me prior to the final decision to take it down and had a plan, I’d certainly entertain it,” he said.
A final demolition decision would come from the mayor’s office.
Mayor Mark Costilow, who owns the nearby Amherst Cinema, said he has fond memories of eating many lunches at Angelo’s and would hate to see it go — but he’ll make that call if nothing is done to fix the building.
If it is demolished, the cost will be shouldered by taxpayers and then assessed to the owner, likely through a tax lien, Costilow said.
About $9,300 in back taxes is already owed on the building. The property has a market value of about $72,600, according to county property records.
Murray is also the previous owner of the Church Street Bar and Grill, which was located on the same intersection. It was sold at sheriff’s auction in 2014 to three Amherst investors who in turn opened the Brew Kettle.
Angelo’s has been in foreclosure since February 2015.
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Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times Signs posted on the former Angelo’s restaurant on Tenney Avenue show it’s been condemned by the city and could soon be demolished.