Owners of neighborhood eyesores beware. Dover City Council resumed condemning problem properties Tuesday night, taking care of five of them in swift fashion.
Dover City Council condemned five properties as dangerous buildings in need of repairs or demolition under the city's dangerous building ordinance in separate votes on a busy Tuesday night.
The slew of problem properties were placed on the Nov. 13 agenda after council took a break from condemnations for its Oct. 22 agenda.
The first property condemned Tuesday night was 488 N. East Avenue, now owned by HSBC Bank. Council voted 6-1 to approve Dover Director of Planning & Community Development Ann Marie Townshend's recommendation to give the owner until Dec. 13 to make repairs or pay for demolition of the property declared dangerous, per Townshend's recommendation.
Dover City Council had tabled the condemnation of this property for 120 days on June 25 to give the mortgager, Wells Fargo Bank, the opportunity to proceed with foreclosure proceedings, Townshend said.
No repairs had been made to the roof or the interior by Oct. 31, and the property was sold at sheriff's sale on Nov. 1, she said.
Among the other properties, council voted 6-1 to give the owner of 628 N. West Street until Feb. 13, 2013 to make repairs. Townshend had recommended giving owner Marina Laird until Dec. 13 to make repairs, but council gave her an extension based on testimony from Laird's daughter, who said her mother intended to make repairs.
Council voted 6-1 to condemn 312-314 West Division Street as a dangerous building. Townshend had recommended giving owner Taruna LLC until Dec. 13 to make repairs. But council gave Taruna until Feb. 13 to make repairs after the owner pledged to make repairs during testimony to council.
The last two properties condemned by council were owned by Joe Burden. Council voted 5-2 to declare both 316 West Division Street and 320 West Division Street as dangerous buildings in two separate votes. Council followed Townshend's recommendation to give Burden, who has been before council before for such matters, until Dec. 13 to make repairs at both problem properties.
In all cases of the condemned properties, the city would order the building inspector to repair or demolish the condemned structures if the owners of these respective properties not perform repairs or demolition within 10 days of each of the dates set by council, she said. If the latter transpired, the city manager and city solicitor would then recoup the costs of repairs or demolition through a municipal lean on the property or a lawsuit against the property owner.
The cost of demolition is estimated at between $10,000 and $15,000. It would come out the $150,000 budgeted in the 2013 fiscal yea budget for all demolitions.