The township began demolition of a condemned barn on Ridge Road this week after concerns over the structure’s integrity prompted officials to take action.
The barn, located at 605 Ridge Road in Monmouth Junction, was declared unsafe for occupancy and had the potential to collapse in the roadway.
"This was a health and safety hazard in a critical location along Ridge Road," said Public Affairs Coordinator Ron Schmalz. "It was dangerous for the residents who live in proximity to the barn and for any pedestrians or vehicle traffic. It had to come down."
The township had been in discussions with the property owner and had a resolution worked out before the plan ultimately fell through, according to Township Attorney Don Sears. With concerns about the potential for the collapse of the structure closing Ridge Road and causing property damage, Sears said last week the township would take immediate action.
"We're going to move as quickly as possible to protect life and property," Sears said at last week's Township Council meeting.
The township put up the money for the demolition as part of passed this week. However, the money will be reimbursed as a lien was placed on the property.
With August bringing a series of heavy thunderstorms thus far, council members said the demolition needed to be performed sooner than later.
“I was very concerned about the safety hazard presented by this collapsing structure, especially with the violent storms that we have had recently,” said Councilman John O’Sullivan. “I’m relieved to see the demolition work beginning. I’m sure that the South Brunswick residents who have expressed their concerns about the building are also happy to see this hazard being removed.”
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