Damian Farrell, the developer behind the stalled Fairdene development on South Monroe Street, pledged to start demolishing the vacant, vandalized home on his property by next Monday.
Farrell made the pledge to Saline City Council at Monday’s meeting. Several members of council have been frustrated by the lack of progress on the property, which the city sold to Farrell for a condominium development.
The vacant house has been home to mischief and vandals, including at least one vandal who used the dilapidated structure to advertise his or her dissatisfaction with the work of Mayor Brian Marl and City Manager Todd Campbell.
Farrell told council he was waiting for a permit from the city.
“If we can get a city permit organized this week, then that’s the plan, to start demolition on Monday,” Farrell said.
On Monday, the Saline Area Fire Department plans to use the house for a rescue exercise. A car with a dummy passenger will be placed in the house. After the house collapses, firefighters will rescue the dummy.
Farrell said his revised site plan for the property should be completed by April. Farrell’s previous plans were nixed when the manufacture of his apartment modules ceased business. The new plan calls for 21 two-unit buildings.