The long-awaited demolition of the derelict Riverdale Village Apartments in Essex is to begin April 14 -- more than a year later than originally planned -- now that the federal Small Business Administration has awarded a $1.2 million contract for the work.
P&J; Contracting Co. of Baltimore won the contract to knock down the 24 buildings on the federally owned half of the arson-marred brick complex in the 1900 block of Eastern Blvd., ++ the agency said yesterday.
Though the rest of the abandoned, 35-acre complex will remain for the time being, Baltimore County officials hailed the federal demolition contract as the beginning of the end of the housing eyesore.
"Until now, it's been all plans and proposals," said County Councilman Vincent J. Gardina, a Perry Hall Democrat who represents the area.
County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger said, "It's very important to us. It shows we're going to start doing the things we said we're going to do."
Riverdale was purchased 20 years ago by Richard Schlesinger, a Florida-based real estate executive who has defaulted on his federally insured mortgage and failed to pay his county property taxes.
Pub Date: 3/21/98