Council to decide fate of old house
Published 8:29 pm Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Washington’s City Council, during its meeting Monday, will consider whether to condemn the house at 620 Washington St. and award a demolition contract.
The structure has been determined to be unsafe, according to a memorandum from John Rodman, the city’s director of community and cultural services, to the mayor and council members. The structure is owned by Aida M. Paige Roberson and others. The city has notified the owners, as required, to address the unsafe conditions of the building and bring it up to minimum housing requirements, but to no avail. The owners did not act on a city order to demolish the building.
The memorandum recommends awarding a $3,000 demolition contract to Tyler Williams. Two other bids — one for $3,600 from Dudley Landscaping and the other for $4,000 from St. Clair Trucking — to demolish the building were received, but Williams’ bid is the lowest.
If the building is demolished, the city will sell usable materials from the building. Any expenses incurred by the city related to demolishing the building will be a lien against the property on which the building sat, according to the city document.
The demolition-by-neglect ordinance is used by the city to keep historically and/or architecturally significant properties from deteriorating to the point they cannot be saved by rehabilitation measures.
The city has condemned and demolished several buildings in recent years. Efforts to save and restore some of those buildings have met with mixed results. A house on Water Street was condemned, but the city, after a public outcry, rescinded that condemnation so it could be restored and renovated. The house behind Tattoo Rich was demolished after attempts to save it failed.
The council meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Council Chambers in the Municipal Building, 102 E. Second St. To view the council’s agenda for a specific meeting, visit the city’s website at www.washingtonnc.gov, click “Government” then “City Council” heading, then click “Meeting Agendas” on the menu to the right. Then click on the date for the appropriate agenda.