Century-old Glen Park cottage to be demolished

A 103 year-old cottage in the Glen Park neighborhood is scheduled to be torn down Tuesday.

The historic building was ruled by the Department of Building Inspection to be unsafe to anybody who is adjacent or who enters the building, according to department spokesman Bill Strawn.

The emergency ruling that the long-vacant building at 533 Laidley Street can be demolished because it’s unsafe was made by department deputy director Ed Sweeney because the roof has collapsed and the building has been infested by termites, according to Strawn.

San Francisco Planning Commission Chairman Ron Miguel said he visited the property and agreed with Sweeney’s ruling.

“I walked two paces into the building and didn’t want to walk any further,” Miguel said. “It’s totally unsalvageable.”

Material from the demolition will be salvaged, inspected and documented, in part to determine whether it was used as an earthquake shack, according to Planning Department zoning administrator Larry Badiner.

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