Is demolition possible at Alto Via Court?

Posted at 8:52 PM, May 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-26 22:52:05-04

As the days and months pass, the homes at Alto Via court have slipped farther and farther down the hill.

Now they are at a point where two of the homes have been ordered by the city to be demolished, but with no accessible road, that's sure to be tricky isn't it?

We wanted to find out, so we found a reputable demolition company and asked how it could be done.

"We could say we could take it out piece by piece by helicopter but that's not feasible," said John Kirtland of Kirtland Salvage and Demolition. "We could make a road anywhere to get to the demolition site."

Kirtland said this is a rare case, but nothing that couldn't be solved with a trackhoe and some hard work. 

"It's like in the demolition business if there is not a challenge then it's boring," laughed Kirtland.

While it takes some experienced minds working together, it likely won't cost all that much more than a normal job.

 "The only thing I could see in this to raise the fee would be maybe to design or create a better road to get in and out," said Kirtland.

Kirtland said they sometimes have to work in more dangerous conditions and there are extra safety precautions they have to take. In this case, they would have to bring in water to settle the dust which could cause some additional erosion, but demolition companies have insurance and this option he says is much safer than the alternative. 

"I don't know if they want to wait until it erodes and slides all the way to the bottom and pick it up when it gets to the bottom. I would think they would want to go after it now. It's going to create a hazard if they continue to let it slide," said Kirtland.  "I don't know why it hasn't been done already."