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Oddfellows Lodge passes into Town’s hands

It has a big hole in its collapsing roof, is covered in dead and live vines and is encumbered by a $625 lien, but the old Order of Oddfellows Lodge at the end of First Street in Southeast Pulaski will be coming down soon.
Pulaski Town Council agreed Tuesday to accept ownership of the 605 First St. property in exchange for waiving the lien and interest it holds. Unfortunately the deal also requires the town to remove the structure, which still bears a fading sign that reads “Pulaski Lodge No. 61.”
Town Manager John Hawley estimated the cost to the town at about $9,500 to demolish the building and have any asbestos contained and removed.
The advantage to the town accepting the offer is twofold.
First, the property is in the Southeast Neighborhood Revitalization Project area and possibly could be used for a new home.
Second, it will be one less blighted building and property in the town. Grass and weeds have grown up around the structure.
Hawley suggested the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development grant being used to rehabilitate Southeast neighborhoods may cover the town’s cost since the property is in the specified zone.
Town Attorney David Warburton disagreed, adding that he wouldn’t want to have his name on anything that would authorize the use of grant funds for the demolition and cleanup.
Hawley said he would as the DHCD representative, suggesting that it wouldn’t hurt to ask.
Order of Oddfellows is an international fraternal organization.

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Oddfellows Lodge passes into Town’s hands

It has a big hole in its collapsing roof, is covered in dead and live vines and is encumbered by a $625 lien, but the old Order of Oddfellows Lodge at the end of First Street in Southeast Pulaski will be coming down soon.
Pulaski Town Council agreed Tuesday to accept ownership of the 605 First St. property in exchange for waiving the lien and interest it holds. Unfortunately the deal also requires the town to remove the structure, which still bears a fading sign that reads “Pulaski Lodge No. 61.”
Town Manager John Hawley estimated the cost to the town at about $9,500 to demolish the building and have any asbestos contained and removed.
The advantage to the town accepting the offer is twofold.
First, the property is in the Southeast Neighborhood Revitalization Project area and possibly could be used for a new home.
Second, it will be one less blighted building and property in the town. Grass and weeds have grown up around the structure.
Hawley suggested the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development grant being used to rehabilitate Southeast neighborhoods may cover the town’s cost since the property is in the specified zone.
Town Attorney David Warburton disagreed, adding that he wouldn’t want to have his name on anything that would authorize the use of grant funds for the demolition and cleanup.
Hawley said he would as the DHCD representative, suggesting that it wouldn’t hurt to ask.
Order of Oddfellows is an international fraternal organization.

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