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Dover Post
  • Neighborhood eyesore at 212 N. Governors Avenue condemned

  • Dover officials continue to target problem properties through the city's dangerous buildings ordinance. The latest to be condemned was 212 N. Governors Avenue.
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  • THE RUNDOWN The owner of 212 N. Governors Ave. has until Oct. 24 to repair or demolish this dilapidated property due to Dover City's Council's recent condemnation of the two story home.
    Council ordered the property repaired or demolished under the city's dangerous building ordinance at its Sept. 24 meeting.
    The city Department of Planning & Inspections had condemned the two story, wood framed, single family as unfit for human habitation on July 20 due to the lack of utilities and the amount of broken windows and unsecured doors, Dover Director of Planning & Community Development Ann Marie Townshend said.
    The property is owned by Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, she said.
    WHAT'S BEING SAID The city has boarded up this property several times, Townshend said. Yet, unknown subjects still entered the dwelling on Aug. 10 and started a fire in the front bedroom of the second floor, causing additional damage to the home, she said.
    "Currently, the structure is still vacant, with no active utility services and in serious disrepair," Townshend wrote in her report to council.
    Councilman David Bonar asked if the fire damage to the home was structural in nature or just to the interior of the structure. Townshend said there was no structural damage, but the interior damage was substantial.
    Councilman Adam Perza asked if the owner had taken any steps to repair the structure. Townshend said no.
    Councilman David Anderson asked the requisite question of whether proper notice had been given, and Townshend said several letters from the city to the property owner had been returned.
    City Council then voted 8-0 to condemn the property. (Councilwoman Sophia Russell was absent.)
    WHAT'S NEXT? The city would order the building inspector to repair or demolish the structure if Deutsche Bank National Trust does not perform repairs or demolition within 10 days of Oct. 24, Townshend said. If the city goes through with demolition or repairs, the city manager and city solicitor would then recoup the costs of such work through a municipal lean on the property or a lawsuit against the property owner, she said.
    The cost of demolition is estimated at between $10,000 and $15,000. That money, if needed, would come out the $150,000 budgeted in the 2013 fiscal year budget for all demolitions.
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