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Posted on Wed, Jan 11, 2012 : 5:26 p.m.

Fire-damaged house on Pinecrest demolished

By Paula Gardner


2434 Pinecrest, where only the cement slab remains of the three-bedroom home that had been on the lot.

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It took three years, but the southeast Ann Arbor house destroyed by a fire in 2008 no longer rests on its foundation.

Demolition crews took down 2434 Pinecrest on Monday.

The house became a neighborhood eyesore as neighbors wondered why it would take years for something to happen there.

After the fire, the property was sold to Michael Coghlan, who attempted to demolish the house - but various issues with the city prevented any action.

As Coghlan set up a meeting with city officials right after Thanksgiving Day, both he and building officials learned that different departments in the city had records that weren't up to date on ownership, resulting in communication missteps.

“My contractor and demolition guy have been engaged for 14 months,” Coghlan said for a story published on Dec. 12. “They’ve been to the city five times with paperwork.

“Every single time there’s a roadblock.”

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Neighbor Samantha Banda stands near the burned-out house in early December.

But Coghlan and city officials worked through the remaining issues - the last being an unpaid water bill from before he bought the house - and he was cleared to go ahead and demolish it.

The permit was issued on Jan. 4, and by Monday, and Dumpster and crews from Bronni's Roofing converged on the property.

Coghlan didn't return a call seeking comment on what's next for the lot and remaining cement slab.

Earlier, he said he expects to rebuild a single family home, or even just sell it as an improved lot.

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Thu, Jan 12, 2012 : 2:14 p.m.

WOW! I remember being at that fire. We drove by it a couple months ago and I commented then that I couldn't believe that house was still there. Hey Ann Arbor Council, you trying to be like Detroit now?


Thu, Jan 12, 2012 : 4:45 p.m.

Or Ypsi township. Where houses drop like flies.


Wed, Jan 11, 2012 : 11:57 p.m.

Yay! Way to see it through!


Wed, Jan 11, 2012 : 10:58 p.m.

Samantha and all the neighbors are breathing a sigh of relief! Good for Samantha for bringing action to this situation with publicity. Now they just need to get rid of the dumpster!