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W. Fifth Ave. house placed on blighted list

September 24, 2010
After a short hiatus due to lack of properties to review, the city’s Blighted Property Review Committee was back in action Thursday morning with two on its list. The committee reviewed the property at 708 W. Fifth Ave. According City Building Code Official Alan Gustafson, the owner of record is Dennie DiPierro in care of Anzietta DiPierro. However, Gustafson believes the property belongs to another person who acquired it through a land contract but the deed transfer was never completed. Gustafson reported that the property has been vacant since April 22 of this year. He noted that the water service was turned off before the tenants moved out. In terms of the building’s condition, he said, “The building is unsecure.” At time he took photos of the property, Gustasfson said the door was open and a couple windows were missing. The pictures he presented to the committee depicted a rickety porch and a debris-filled yard. The committee unanimously voted to issue a first declaration of blight on the property. “Alan, is this a case where we need to send out dual notices to the alleged owner and the legal owner,” city manager Jim Nelles asked. Gustafson said notices could be sent to both. In other business, the committee reviewed the property at 109 S. Carver St. The owner of record, Dave Gustafson, attended the meeting to convey his plans for the property. Alan Gustafson said the building has been vacant since 2004. He then showed pictures of the porch with debris, overgrown shrubbery and deteriorated building. “I would assume the roof is probably leaking if you went inside,” he added. The property owner indicated that he already removed some of the debris from the property and secured the one broken window. “I’m already addressing the property right now,” Dave Gustafson said, adding that he plans to demolish the building next year. In the meantime, he plans to apply some paint and fix the issues that the qualify the property as blighted. The owner went on to say that he plans to build a garage behind the house, then tear down the house and build a second garage in its place. “I was going to do this a few years ago...but when you have kids in college, your priorities change,” he said. Committee member and city councilman John Lewis made a motion to delay the declaration blight for 60 days to allow the owner to clean up the property. Dave Gustafson inquired about how much work he would have to do to keep the property from being declared as blighted. “It doesn’t have to be in pristine residential condition,” Alan Gustafson said, but it does need to be cleaned up, secured and safe.

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Photo by Brian Ferry
708 W. Fifth Ave.



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