After years of haggling back and forth with an out of town owner of two derelict houses on NW Nye, the Newport City Council Monday night gave owner Myrna Azar of Portland six months to do something about her houses. They have been unoccupied for well over 20 years, according to city officials and are being used by transients and others who “party” in them. They are complete wrecks as the photos show and city officials have bent over backwards for Azar to either rehabilitate them or call a bulldozer.
City officials contend that the houses, at 645 and 655 NW Nye, have deteriorated to the extent they are no longer savable. The roof and ceilings in one of the homes have caved in. The other house is in similar shape. However Azar, who is elderly, is quoted in correspondence to the city that she grew up in those houses and she does not want them touched.
After years of back and forth with legal papers, promises to do something and nothing happens, the city has had it’s fill of the problem. The council voted to give Azar six months to get rid of the homes which have been declared not only a nuisance to the neighborhood but also a serious health hazard due to rats and other vermin.
The council was requested to give Azar the six months leeway because the city doesn’t have the funds budgeted currently to demolish the houses itself. But after July 1, the city will be on a new budget which is expected to provide the resources to take the homes down, haul away any toxic materials contained in it and probably let the fire department burn what’s left as a training exercise.