Town says dilapidated train station in Millwood must be fixed or torn down
June 10, 2011
by Christine Yeres
Last Friday the Millwood Task Force formally requested the town building inspector to have a look at the tumbledown little train station house at Station Place in Millwood to determine whether that structure is in violation of town law. See “Millwood Matters: Station house a dangerous eyesore,” NewCastleNOW.org, June 6, 2011.
On Monday, June 6, a letter went out from the New Castle Building Inspector’s office to the owner of the property, Leo Rota, asking him to fix it or tear it down.
According to New Castle Director of Planning David Brito, the town’s building inspector, Bill Maskiell, performed a site inspection and determined that the building was in violation of the property maintenance code of New York State. The code requires, Brito explained, “that you maintain a property. You can’t have something that is dangerous to health and safety.”
Reached by phone yesterday, the property’s owner, Leo Rota, said he hadn’t seen the letter yet, but “if the town wants me to tear it down, I’ll tear it down. I’m not going to fight with them. I get a lot of requests about the station building. People seem to like it, but if people want me to tear it down, I don’t have any problem with that.”
Rota said that when his tenant Millwood Lumber implements the repaving of the lumberyard that has been approved by New Castle’s planning board, he will have those workers and trucks “take it down and take it away.” Rota was unsure of when Millwood Lumber intends to have the work done. The lumberyard has the right to use 14 parking spaces on Rota’s train station property. A call to Millwood Lumber by NCNOW.org was not returned.