December 22, 2014

Medina
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City of Medina wants old gas station demolished

MEDINA — The owner of a dilapidated gas station at 426 W. Liberty St. has about 60 days to demolish it.

The city began issuing building code violations to the owner of the property, Achates Group LLC, in 2009, building official Steve Vogel said. Among the citations were a collapsing roof, falling walls and a foundation in poor condition.

Medina officials want the owner of a dilapidated former gas station at 426 W. Liberty St. to demolish the building and clean up the site. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY LISA HLAVINKA)

Medina officials want the owner of a dilapidated former gas station at 426 W. Liberty St. to demolish the building and clean up the site. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY LISA HLAVINKA)

“It’s a black eye for the city,” Vogel said.

Medina Municipal Court filings show Dainius Krivinskas, who has a Norton mailing address, represents the company as its statutory agent.

Vogel said Krivinskas did not attend court on several occasions, which delayed the case.

“We file the complaint, the court attempts to serve the papers, but if the defendant is unable to be found, the case will flounder,” Vogel said, noting the building code violations are misdemeanors.

Vogel said the court learned Krivinskas is a real estate attorney in Chicago, and called the firm where he is employed to make it aware of the case.

Krivinskas appeared in Medina Municipal Court on May 6 and Judge Dale Chase ordered him to have the building demolished within 90 days, according to court records.

The court date coincided with the building’s roof collapsing, Vogel said.

He said the city erected a $1,500 fence around the building, and officials are hoping Achates Group eventually will pay for the fence.

Via phone Thursday, Krivinskas said Achates Group is taking bids to demolish the building, and should have it cleared within a month.

He said he believes the company also will cover the cost of the fence.

As of Thursday, Vogel said the company had not taken steps to move forward with the demolition.

Those steps include obtaining a demolition permit from the city and shutting down utilities.

If the building is not demolished within the 90 days, Krivinskas faces a $250 fine and 30 days in jail if he is found in contempt of court.

The property also faces foreclosure because Achates Group owes about $18,760 in delinquent taxes, according to Medina County Common Pleas Court records.

According to the Medina County auditor’s website, the building is worth $45,370 and the land $148,510.

Vogel said he and city officials are researching what it would cost and what liability Medina might face if the city demolished the building.

Officials also are examining a problem with underground storage tanks. The tanks once contained gasoline, according to filings by the Bureau of Underground Storage Tanks.

Assistant Fire Chief Mark Crumley said there is no fuel in the tanks, but over the years rainwater has filled them and caused leaks that have seeped into the soil.

A 1999 filing by the Bureau of Underground Storage Tanks indicates the leaks contaminated the soil.

Krivinskas said he cannot comment on the underground storage tanks because he does not own the property.

“I don’t make any statutory decisions for the company,” he said.

Contact Lisa Hlavinka at (330) 721-4048 or lhlavinka@medina-gazette.com.