• In the last 10 years, there have been more than 10 code violations on the property.

• Hearings to address how to get back into compliance with city codes were reset six times in attempts to work with owners.

• 2005 was the last verifiable date that the residence had water service.

• First, owners wanted to work toward compliance to city code; then owners tried to sell the property; after that, owners attempted to donate the property to the Red Cross, but no one wanted it.

• The property had become a health and safety hazard and, at this point, it would have been more costly to repair than tear down.

 

Information from Justin DeBruin, Community Development Director for the City of Shawnee.