LAKE COMO, NJ — The dwelling at 1819 Briarwood Terrace has been reduced to rubble, nearly seven months after the Lake Como Borough Council deemed the structure “unfit for human habitation” and authorized its demolition.

Last summer, Briarwood Terrace residents voiced concern the 4,000-square-foot property had fallen into disrepair, becoming not only an eyesore and an unwelcome haven for stray cats and unwanted pests.

The 1,000-square-foot structure was brought down on February 19 by AVH Demolition of Lacey, under a $6,900 contract with the borough.

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The borough originally was going to pick up that cost and place a lien on the property, but owner Deborah Kendrick decided to pay for the project and other related costs, according borough officials.

The borough also was required by the state Department of Environmental Protection to have the property tested for asbestos before the demolition could proceed. Future plans for the property were not known.

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