Toledo has a lot of older homes, but one that is quite old has caught the wrath of some of its neighbors. It’s an old 1,500 square foot dilapidated house on a hillside at 927 SW 6th. It’s very elderly owner hasn’t lived in it for many years. And so it has sat abandoned. Meanwhile, the neighbors have grown wearing of looking at the eyesore and want the city to do something about it.
City Code Enforcement Officer Dustin Kittle told the council this week that he’s talked with the owner and the owner reportedly agreed the house is uninhabitable. But they couldn’t come to an agreement on what should be done to discontinue it being an attractive nuisance and a danger to neighborhood kids.
Kittle told the council that there are at least a couple of options, both of which might be a bit iffy if the city wanted to avoid an expense to taxpayers. Kittle said bulldozing the place would leave quite an expensive haul-job for disposal and that the owner would likely lose money on the deal even if he sold the land underneath it at full market value. The other option is getting the owner to agree to let fire department torch the house in a “Learn to Burn” exercise. When done, the amount of debris to haul away would be a lot less and with the sale of the land to offset that expense, the owner might come out ahead – not by a lot, but some.
The council told Kittle to continue negotiating with the owner and to report back as soon as he thinks he’s got something to go on.