Eyesore Also A Safety Hazard

It’s been eight months since a former nightspot turned into a hot spot. The cause of a fire that destroyed an old club north of Omaha is still listed as undetermined. But the Ponca Hills Volunteer Fire and Rescue chief is determined to get the ruins bulldozed.

The A-Ri-Rang club burned last September. The property isn’t secure and Chief Joel Sacks is worried someone will get hurt. Sacks said, “It’s very frustrating because apparently nobody wants to assume responsibility to tear it down.”

The chief has called the owner who claims the property is in foreclosure and it belongs to the mortgage company. An attorney for the lender told the chief that clean up is still the property owner’s responsibility. Neither returned calls to Six On Your Side.

The City of Omaha would help but has no demolition money at this time. The chief code inspector said he’s trying to find the $14,000 it would take to bulldoze the fire scene but can’t give a time table. Neighbors like Fred Bonacci hope it’s soon. Bonacci said, “It draws kids up there. It’s a real mess and we got a nice neighborhood here.”

Neighbor would like to turn the large corner lot into a green space.

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