Three houses in the city facing demolition
Three more houses in the City of Georgetown may be demolished very soon.
The City of Georgetown’s Construction Board of Appeals meets April 22 to consider a recommendation from Building and Zoning staff that the three houses be torn down.
One of the houses, located at 240 South Hazard Street is owned by Sam Bonds. In February, City Council gave staff approval to move forward with the demolition process.
City building official Ricky Martin said he inspected the home and found it had been involved in a fire which caused the center of the home to become compromised.
There is a good possibility the structure could not be brought up to city building codes, Martin states in his written recommendation for demolition.
Another house under demolition consideration is at 712 North Merriman Road.
Janet Grant, the city’s code enforcement officer, said that house — owned by Minnie Shubrick — “is in the condition where it may endanger life or health.”
The third house is located at 2012 Emanuel Street and is owned by Martha Rhue.
Martin said there has been some conversations with family members to see if any of the house can be saved. However, Martin says because of the condition of the house it would be unsafe for anyone trying to make repairs.
Martin said he has $59,000 in a budget that can be used to tear down such structures when the owners will not or cannot do it themselves.
For the city to do it, the process can be long and tedious. If the Construction Board gives permission for the demolitions, the property owners can appeal. If that happens, the matter could get tied up in Circuit Court.
Martin said there are 110 structures on the list that need to be demolished. Ten have been taken down so far this year.
By Scott Harper
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