Pittsfield Prevails over PESU, Inc.

In 2011, PESU, Inc. initiated litigation against the City of Pittsfield and the Pittsfield Board of Health arguing that, in April of 2010, the City of Pittsfield and the Pittsfield Board of Health illegally demolished their structure located at 11-15 Melville Street, Pittsfield, MA.  As grounds for their litigation PESU argued that the demolition was invalid because the Health Department under the prior administration of the City of Pittsfield failed to comply with the procedure required for demolition.  To that end, PESU, Inc. argued that it was entitled to the value of the structure which it stated was worth $125,000.  The City of Pittsfield took the position that the structure had been severely deteriorated over the years and therefore was worth zero (-0-) dollars.  After a trial, the Superior Court, the honorable Judge Daniel Ford, agreed that the demolition was illegal and the lien must be removed, but that the value of the structure prior to its demolition was worth Zero (-0-) Dollars and ordered that the City of Pittsfield was to pay no monetary damages.