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Anna Brown Home for the Aged demolition slowed


Just shy of a year after a historic Quincy home burned down, the city is urging its owner to complete the demolition.

The Anna Brown Home for the Aged at 5th and Maple stood on Quincy's North side since the 1800s until police say a couple of kids burned it to the ground almost a year ago.

The building's owner, Tonia Hemming, says she had been looking forward to renovating the old building before it burned, and turning it into modern apartments.

And, she says the now urgent need to completely finish demolition comes at a very bad time.

"We had delays in the insurance company actually getting the proceeds to us and then on top of that I have six other projects going on for the domestic abuse relief that I run and operate," said Hemming.

Quincy Director of Inspection and Enforcement Michael Seaver says the city has filed lawsuits against Hemming and the trust that owns her domestic abuse relief properties.

"That's not been set yet for trial but when it goes to trial then hopefully the court will impose a timeline for that project to be completed," said Seaver.

But Hemming says she needs more time and she says it's just too much work to get them all up to standard without more help.

"I'm kind of frustrated. Because I'm trying to get all these different projects done and on top of that I had the fire," said Hemming.

The Anna Brown Home for the Aged is no longer standing. Seaver says Hemming did get the building taken down quickly and put up a construction fence, but debris litters the property and he says a large crater where the basement was is a danger to area kids.

Seaver says neighbors' complaints about the property and reports that area kids were trespassing were two factors in the city's decision to file suit.

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