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Archive for Wednesday, November 17, 2010

House in 1200 block of Pennsylvania Street to be razed

November 17, 2010

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Commissioners unanimously agreed to move ahead with a demolition of a vacant house at 1200 Pa.

The out-of-state owner has conceded the dilapidated house needs to be removed but has said he can’t commit to the project. State law allows the city to tear the house down and recoup the costs by placing an assessment on the property. The demolition won’t occur until a 30-day waiting period has expired.

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smitty 3 years ago

Just down the 1200 block is a house that is totally trashed. The yard is full and stacked high front and back. Do Co tax role shows only taxes for the vacant lot..which it is far from true. What is going on? Why would the city demolish a property that has been protected from neighborhood vandals, outside kept clean while allowing the obvious trashing of an east Lawrence neighborhood?

How about this little ditty? It's next door to the one owned by our state representative, Francisco, without intervention on their part or the our outspoken and active(?) east Lawrence neighborhood association.

What's the story on this trashed house on the 1200 block of Penn that is immune to the shakers and movers and the city ordinances?

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jogger 3 years, 5 months ago

Unless the city code violations do not lead to a transfer of property rights, they will be continually abused by land vultures. Better to change the process and offer assistance to the owner than to allow the system to be abused.

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deec 3 years, 5 months ago

I am jusy saying that the city does selectively enforce the codes. They wanted our lot and they got it. The structural issues with the house were the exact same problems for which the city had issued one of those low-moderate improvement loans about a decade before, and for which the city had paid some incompetent contractor to fix. The loan and "repair" occurred prior to our interest in the house. The house was damaged in the fire, but was not in danger of immediately falling down, yet it was torn down by the city in a week or ten days. I am agreeing with Smitty that there is a great deal of corruption in city government, and selective code enforcement is one of the tools used in that corruption.

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deec 3 years, 5 months ago

On this issue, I agree with Smitty, because it happened to me. We were in litigation with the city over ownership of our house in East Lawrence. There was a fire, and I think the city tore the house down within a week or ten days. Then the lot was sold/given to one of the city-approved low/moderate housing programs in vogue at that time.

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Eybea Opiner 3 years, 5 months ago

While we're at it can we evict the guy at 1600 Pennsylvania?

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smitty 3 years, 5 months ago

Well hello first time poster....cough gag laugh.....all are hard working people to some degree but it has nothing to do with the LPD........want to change the subject?

Equal application of the same ordinances is all that is asked.

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DustyAcres 3 years, 5 months ago

If Smitty knew so much about Mr. Morris, why didn't you direct him to the city agency that would help with the asbestos removal. You obviously don't know anything about the people that own the other houses. I know one of the owner's and they are good hard working people. It's probably an LPD conspiricy anyway. Right.

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smitty 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm in receipt of an e-mail that criticises me for hypocrisy for ratting out the neighbors for ratting out the condemned neighbor.

Don't be shy, speak up on the forum and do not e-mail your comments.

A discussion on those houses could be quite interesting.....Even lead to a clean up of the block.

Please, speak out.

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dogbait 3 years, 5 months ago

I heard a neighbor say that the siding contained asbestos and was reported to the city. Nothing was done and no haz mat team ever showed up. I guess asbestos is no longer a threat to your health.

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hoodlum 3 years, 5 months ago

You just dissed a lot of valuable members of the East Lawrence neighborhood. Maybe you really just have a problem with poor people instead of "junk." Maybe you ought to keep to West Lawrence where things (& populace) have been "cleaned up" so to speak, i.e. totally gentrified. So what this absentee owner is losing that ground? That house isn't economically salvageable, and the asbestos piles have been sitting in the yard for years, meanwhile the one responsible is in fact unresponsive to the neighborhood. Why the lopsided sob story for this kid, meanwhile the condemnations of the others? What's your stake in it?

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ChiHawkInKS 3 years, 5 months ago

Damn... well gotta find a new place to crash now.

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smitty 3 years, 5 months ago

What a dirty deal. For the city to force the demolition of this young man's inherited house(from his grand parents) without taking steps to clean up the real problems, not city employees desires for ownership, is a vast misapplication of the right to demolish property.

On that same block there are two houses that are totally junked out. One has several tarps on the roof, front and back yards completely stacked with trash. The tax role owners..... http://www.douglas-county.com/online_services/valuestaxes/results.asp?Pin=0793104012017000&Plate=U00205&DisplayYear=2010

Second house that is totally trashed out is owned by...... http://www.douglas-county.com/online_services/valuestaxes/results.asp?Pin=0793104012020000&Plate=U00199&DisplayYear=2010

....the same people that bought the trashed out 2 acres on E 1500....Scooters tree service and meth conspiracy property. What a laugh to sell that one to a couple of junkers.

Both of these properties are junked out, safety hazards, cover for nuisance animals, one does not have any utilities but yet the owners allows for a man to camp there year round.

The house at 1200 Penn was kept mowed, cleaned up, & boarded up.

But the neighbors to 1200 Penn want the corner lot for their own so they started this complaint process..... http://www.douglas-county.com/online_services/valuestaxes/results.asp?Pin=0793104013003000&Plate=U00192A&DisplayYear=2010

...A city employee.

On the 1100 block there are a couple of houses that should be cited, too. Broken down cars in the back yard along with dilapidated furniture and the front porch is piled high with furniture and junk.

Then there is the old furniture store that the new buyers have completely junked out, tore out the shade trees, tore up the concrete, block the side walk, and invite everyone in east Lawrence to join in their endeavor to turn it into a permaculture corner. I suggest they learn to organize and stow the renovation trash in that double garage and fenced in area. That coner hsn't been junked out for over forty years until now. sad very sad

Complaint oriented enforcement without equal application to all. This isn't a car parked on the grass, it's taking a young man's grandparents home from him due to the neighbor who works for the city and complained in an attempt to force condemnation.

Why just a naive young man who doesn't know how to deal with his inheritance over all those that are obvious in making east Lawrence a junky neighborhood?

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 5 months ago

Lawrence needs a systematic demolition program for each and every block in town and should have started it some 30 years ago. Until this happens, the town will be nothing but the blighted community it is.

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