Collapsed Delachaise home was slated for demolition, city says

Collapsed Delachaise home was slated for demolition, city says

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Three city agencies responded Friday to the collapse of a house on Delachaise Street.

Police, fire and code enforcement were on the scene in the 3500 block of Delachaise after the collapse was reported just after noon.

Neighbors said the structure had been abandoned since Katrina, and an 18-wheeler that rolled down the street a couple of days ago caused the roof to partially cave in. Just before the collapse, neighbors said children were playing nearby and had to be pulled away quickly when it was apparent the structure was going to come down.

No one was injured.

It was the second house to collapse on the street i this week. A home under renovation in the 2400 block collapsed Tuesday night, damaging an adjacent home. No one was injured in that incident.

At the time of this collapse, the City’s Department of Code Enforcement had an active blight case against this property and was pursuing demolition.

The city says the 3500 block home was slated for demolition and provided the following timeline:

Blight Judgement Timeline on 3516-18 Delachaise Street:

April 23, 2015 – The structure at 3516-18 Delachaise Street received a guilty blight judgment. The property owner was fined $10,075 with an additional $500 fine per day for 90 days if the property was not brought into compliance. During this judgment hearing, demolition was recommended if the property was not brought into compliance by the property owner. At this time, a 30 day appeal period began.

June 5, 2015 – The blight judgement against this structure was recorded.

June 11, 2015 – The blight judgement was posted on the structure.

July 8, 2015 – Blighted structure passed legal review allowing for City to proceed with demolition.

July 23, 2015 – Blighted structure was scheduled for demolition.

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