Farina appeals town’s demolition order on vacant building

Farina appeals town’s demolition order on vacant building

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Dr. Anthony Farina declined last week to submit a demolition plan for his dilapidated and vacant building on the corner of Smithfield Road and Mineral Spring Avenue, instead appealing the town’s order to do so.

Mayor Charles Lombardi said he wasn’t surprised by Farina’s move to appeal to the Rhode Island Building Code Commission, but he was disappointed by it.

“For a medical physician to not care about the health, safety and sanitary conditions of his patients and neighbors and the community at large is outrageous and shameless,” Lombardi said.

The mayor said it was actually a good thing that Farina went straight to the state with his appeal, as the matter should be resolved more quickly this way. The town now has inspection reports from two companies stating that the building at 1840 Mineral Spring Ave. should be torn down, he said, and he’s hopeful that the state board considers those reports in their entirety when rendering a decision.

He said no date has been set for the state commission to hear Farina’s appeal.

No one answered a call to Farina’s doctor’s office, which is located next door to the eyesore building, at 1830 Mineral Spring Ave.

Building Official Ben Nascenzi’s July 2 order to demolish the building cited a structural assessment done by Odeh Engineers detailing “localized failures” of the building’s roof, which could eventually leading to a structural collapse. Lombardi also secured a second assessment from Ahlborg Engineers, the company building the town’s new public safety complex, which found “irreparable” conditions at Farina’s building due to “severe neglect.”

Farina has been publicly feuding with Lombardi and town officials for years over his building, which has been a frequent target of neighborhood complaints.

That feud became even more public last month when Farina commissioned a painter to create a caricature on the side of the building depicting Lombardi as the king of North Providence and sitting on a toilet as his throne.

Comments

Dr. Farina, why do you think it’s OK to leave the building standing like that? Do you not care about this town, your patients or your neighbors? We are sick of it. The time is now to do the right thing and tear that blight down!