Deal Reached on Cromwell Court Dispute, Demolition Starts in 2 Weeks

A consent order agreed to Monday afternoon avoids another court date on the dispute over the property.

The is over, after the township and Michael Crowley came to an agreement Monday afternoon that will allow demolition on an abandoned home to resume in about two weeks, West Deptford Mayor Ray Chintall said.

A consent order came together late in the day, which avoids , which had been scheduled for Tuesday.

The order allows Crowley, who now owns the home at 113 Cromwell Ct. via a quitclaim deed, to remove various personal items belonging to the former owner, Robert Schumann, before demolition is allowed to proceed.

It ends a nearly three-month dispute over the demolition of the home, which began and ended almost immediately in late February, after the township upheld a demolition order issued last fall.

Crowley had been battling since late last summer, after the township first condemned the home, to try to save the property, which had been abandoned for about six years.

He had argued the home, which had a mold infestation and what township officials said were other serious problems, was salvageable and could be rehabbed back into a livable condition.

WD Mom May 21, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Great news for the neighbors of this EYESORE!!!
Kristi Simpkins May 21, 2012 at 10:36 PM
This needs to happen for many reasons. Not just for health reasons. Whatever has to happen, the house needs to be demolished. There's really no other recourse now but to demolish this home. Just start over fresh & rebuild if they really want to do something. It could in the end, a win win for many ppl. Especially for the surrounding people that do live there still on the court. In all fairness to them, this whole situation hasn't been fair. Just b/c the ppl who lived there had problems &/or issues, doesn't mean they had the right to impose their problems onto others. If the homeonwners did do things correctly & in proper fashion, this story wouldn't be a story. It's good to see the situation finally get resolved.
ThomasJefferson May 21, 2012 at 11:57 PM
What could he possibly want from the home, that would be worth all this discourse. It is hard to imagine what Mr. Crowley has in mind, but I am please for these litigation weary neighbors. This has been a nightmare.
Just doing what's right May 22, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Had Mike been allowed to rehab this house before township officials started demolition, this house would have been completed by now and the court process could have been avoided.
mike's buddy May 22, 2012 at 12:43 PM
bitch,bitch,bitch,moan,moan,moan,whine,whine,whine,wah,wah,wah typical democrat.Mike couldn't even started to re-build he didn't have the money.believe me.it would still be an eyesore


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