Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Vacant Dairy Queen near Great Falls to Be Demolished

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Vacant Dairy Queen near Great Falls to Be Demolished

Article excerpt

PATERSON - The city's campaign to crack down on owners of vacant buildings is taking aim at an unlikely absentee landlord: the state.

With prodding by city officials, the state Department of Environmental Protection has agreed to demolish the vacant building it owns on Wayne Avenue that used to be a Dairy Queen. The long- neglected structure sits in a prominent location near the Great Falls, a spot visitors would pass on their way from the Overlook Park section on one side of the river to the Mary Ellen Kramer park area on the other.

"That's not the message we want to be sending to visitors," Mayor Joey Torres said of the dilapidated building. "Just because the state owns it, they still have to comply with our abandoned properties ordinance."

"Whoever owns it has to maintain it," said Ruben Gomez, the city's economic development director.

Larry Hajna, a spokesman for the environmental agency, said the state would knock down the building by early spring. …

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