Demolition expected this week

Monday

Demolition started this week on an East Cherry Street building, almost six years after a fire destroyed much of it. The Fire Department responded last Wednesday afternoon to a report of the back corner of the second floor collapsing into the first floor, according to this report on mycentraljersey.com.

Wednesday

The two-story building at 65 E. Cherry St. has been a vacant eyesore since a beauty supply store went up in flames in the summer of 2005 and in February, the first-floor facade collapsed into the structure.

At one time, Dornoch Holdings, which acquired the property from the Parking Authority for $65,000 and had plans to renovate it, presenting plans in November 2007. Dornoch owns several East Cherry Street properties, along with a couple of dormant developments on Main Street.

The City Council approved a $200,000 bond ordinance in April that included funds for the demolition of 65 E. Cherry St., as well as improvements to create an interim parking lot at the former Westbury site on Main Street.

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Could repairs to the NJ Transit Train Station be forthcoming? Yellow tape surrounded the center stairs a few days ago, and since been replaced by fencing. Perhaps that means repairs are coming soon — or maybe the fencing was installed in time for Saturday’s Hot Rods & Harleys. The stairs have been closed for more than a year.