Health Inspector Valerie Nickerson Bird told the board during the public hearing held at City Hall that condemning the buildings meant no one could live in them for reasons ranging from lack of electricity or water to serious structural damage.
Building, fire, and health officials have shut down an Elm Street retailer because the building had fallen into disrepair.
On Aug. 28, Building Inspectors deemed 155 Elm Street "hazardous to life and limb" and restricted public access to it. The ceiling had collapsed on one half of the structure, and inspectors say there was significant water damage. A Board of Survey tour in early October upheld the building inspector's determination, and the Health Department followed up by suspending the o
Twenty-one people are currently without a home after city officials condemned an eight-unit apartment house for "life safety issues."
The three-decker structure at 35-37 High St. was abruptly evacuated on Wednesday evening because of fears the electrical load was so high it could have caused a fire.