To the editor:
I am writing to express my extreme opposition to the actions the city is apparently planning to take against the property at 1106 R.I. This is a historic property, and the structure is important to the neighborhood and to the city. Instead of threatening to demolish a historic structure, the city should be stepping in to help the owners overcome the difficulties that they have been experiencing.
If this were a developer asking the city to help him fund his building project by supplying incentives and tax breaks, there would be a very good chance that the developer would receive what he is asking for. When a family who has been in a difficult situation asks the city to just give them more time to do what they are trying to do, the city threatens draconian actions. I have had personal experience with the sometimes heavy-handed attitude of certain city departments, and I believe this to be one of those occurrences.
The city should help the owners achieve their goals. They should not start the condemnation process on 1106 R.I.