After decades of complaints from neighbors, frustration by city officials and a long drawn-out legal tug-o-war with the owners, two long abandoned transient flop houses just north of 6th and Nye in Newport are no more. The city tore them down Monday.
The owner, a disabled senior citizen in Portland, who inherited the homes from her similarly disabled elderly mother, lost in her final attempt to keep them standing after a long series of court battles with the city. Both owners swore they were going to “fix them up someday.” “Someday” never came. But, for the city, the “someday” to remove the derelict homes came this week.
Both are all but gone. The only thing left of the two dwellings is a big hole in the ground which was once a basement for one of them. That will be filled in ASAP.
There is still some unfinished legal wrangling in terms of liens on the property. The details have yet to be worked out.
There’s some talk that the two lots may someday provide low cost affordable housing – either single family residences or apartments. But that’s not expected to be seriously considered until the case is settled with the owner.
At this point it should be easier to wrap things up since there’s nothing left to “fix up.”