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City considers condemning homes labeled blights on neighborhoods

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 5/12/2014

Ottawa city commissioners have scheduled a 7 p.m. July 2 hearing to consider condemnation of three Ottawa properties that have fallen into disrepair and are considered hazardous and blights on their neighborhoods.

Wynndee Lee, the city’s planning and codes director, outlined the dilapidated nature of the three properties at 916 N. Main St., 715 S. Ash St. and 739 S. Funston St. during the commission’s meeting Wednesday night at City Hall, 101 S. Hickory St., Ottawa.

Ottawa city commissioners have scheduled a 7 p.m. July 2 hearing to consider condemnation of three Ottawa properties that have fallen into disrepair and are considered hazardous and blights on their neighborhoods.

Wynndee Lee, the city’s planning and codes director, outlined the dilapidated nature of the three properties at 916 N. Main St., 715 S. Ash St. and 739 S. Funston St. during the commission’s meeting Wednesday night at City Hall, 101 S. Hickory St., Ottawa.

Some of the structural defects included:

• 916 N. Main St. — The single-family dwelling has been vacant since April 2011. The foundation is deteriorating; the front porch ceiling is falling down; holes in the northeast corner of the roof and soffit are allowing animals into the attic space; back addition siding is rotten and the wall is pulling away from the house; and the front floor is rotten. The property, which is bound by Casey’s General Store to the north and a rental property to the south, is a blight on the neighborhood, city staff concluded in its report.

• 715 S. Ash St. — The single-family dwelling has been vacant since April 2013. The ceiling is sagging at the doorway to the kitchen and is being supported by a post; the east wall is sagging; the floor is sagging at the doorway to the kitchen; the foundation on the northwest corner of the house is rolling out from under the house; the front porch floor is rotting and the front porch roof is pulling away from the house. The house is in the worst condition in the neighborhood, city staff said in its report.

• 739 S. Funston St. — The mobile home and its accessory structures have been vacant “for years.” Windows are broken or completely missing; the ceiling has collapsed; big holes exist in walls on the east and west sides; and the floor is rotten and covered with debris. New houses are located to the west and south of the property, and the mobile home and its accessory structures are a blight to the neighborhood, city staff said in its report.

After the public hearing July 2, city commissioners could vote to begin the condemnation process on the three properties.

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