Funny thing is, when I bought the home ten years ago, this garage was about to fall over, and the seller's obligation amounted to paying for a tear-down. Wanting to keep the garage I thought I had bought, I entered into the same agreement with the township as you described for your stairway. I restored the garage after the sale and it is a beautiful building. Unfortunately, when I went to sell ten years later, I have a different cast of characters to deal with. The township is rotten, rotten, rotten. No appreciation for the value of the properties within... many houses over 75 years old, being beautifully restored, and all they can do is harass people. I'm glad to be leaving, but its a damn shame.