Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Submit Comments About 2222 4th St N Today!
Guest post and photo (taken only moments ago, and showing stucco plus two types of siding) by the Hawthorne Hawkman
This was just passed my way by a concerned resident: The fate of 2222 4th St N will go before the city council on Friday. Neighbors are asked to submit their comments to Diane Hofstede TODAY. Only comments and information about 2222 4th St N may be used to determine the actions taken by the city council.
It is the position of the JNS blog (and the two Hawthorne residents writing on it, John Hoff and Jeff Skrenes) that Mr. Khan has owned a property slated for demolition. The demolition was stayed under the conditions that he abide by an agreement to bring the property up to an acceptable standard within a specific time frame. Regardless of how much money, time, or effort Mr. Khan claims to have put into this structure, he is well past the deadline. He also claims that he will have or has spent $115,000 on the rehab, and that such work is 90% complete. Based on views of the exterior and the public information regarding the interior, those numbers do not appear to be credible. Based on Mr. Khan's failure to live up to his part of the agreement and the current condition of 2222 4th St N, we stand by the rules of the city of Minneapolis and the findings of the Nuisance Condition Process Review Panel and recommend demolition.
Please submit your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or to your city council member.
Click "Read More" for the full statement of conclusions of the NCPR Panel.
(NOTE: I don't know how to do the squiggly legal symbol on this blog, so in its place I will use an S in bold type. At some point, John with his law degree may be able to come in and clean this up. For now, let's get the information out there.)
1. The building located at 2222 4th Street N. meets the definition of nuisance condition as set forth in M.C.O. S 249.30(a)(1) as the building is vacant and unoccupied for the purpose for which it was erected and the building has remained in such a condition for a period of at least six months.
2. The building located at 2222 4th Street N. meets the definition of nuisance condition as set forth in M.C.O. S 249.30(a)(2) as the doors, windows and other openings into the building are boarded up or otherwise secured by a means other than the conventional methods used in the original construction and design of the building, and the building has remained substantially in such condition for a period of at least sixty days.
3. The building located at 2222 4th Street N. meets the definition of nuisance condition as set forth in M.C.O. S 249.30(a)(3) as evidence, including but not limited to neighborhood impact statements, clearly demonstrates that the values of neighborhood properties have diminished as a result of the subject building. (emphasis mine)
4. The building located at 2222 4th Street N. meets the definition of nuisance condition as set forth in M.C.O. S 249.30(a)(4) as evidence clearly demonstrates that the cost of rehabilitation is not justified when compared to the after rehabilitation resale value of the building.
5. Pursuant to M.C.O. S 249.40 Abatement of nuisance conditions, the Director of Inspection's recommendation to raze the building located at 2222 4th St N is appropriate. The building meets the definition of a nuisance condition as defined by M.C.O. S 249.30 and a preponderance of the evidence, based upon the criteria listed in M.C.O. S 249.40, demonstrates that razing the building is appropriate. The building has been vacant and boarded for approximately one and a half years. This property has been neglected to the point that it has had a negative impact on the community and will continue to have a negative impact if it is not razed as attested to by the community impact statements submitted by neighbors requesting that the building be torn down. (emphasis mine)
That the Director of Inspections' Order to Raze the building located at 2222 4th St N. Minneapolis, Minnesota be upheld.