The circa 1824 Lister property, at 4580 Aston Mills Road in Aston Township, was recently demolished.
For months, after Aston commissioners announced the purchase and proposed demolition of the property, residents, including the president of the township historical society, were outspoken in their disapproval of the demolition.
Commissioners said the property was in disarray and posed a health and safety hazard to residents. Over the years the structure, which was abandoned by it’s owner, had not been maintained properly and was in violation of various property maintenance regulations.
Commissioners, in June 2015, approved purchase of the property for the sum of $110.50. The property had been moved into the Delaware County Repository and there were no bids received for it during the judicial upset sale.
Township engineer Joe Viscuso said it would cost an estimated $500,000 to refurbish and restore the building and site.
“The property might have historic significance, but the house itself is in ruins,” Viscuso said at the time of the announcement. “It has all kinds of issues. There is a sight distance issue on that corner, the house has mold and the roof has been missing for several years.”
The property will eventually be designated with a historic marker.