Thursday, November 5, 2009
Gregge Johnson Rental Licenses Revoked!
Guest post and photos by the Hawthorne Hawkman
The DAY AFTER the elections, our city council was back to work, doing exactly what voters charged them with. At Public Safety and Regulatory Services Committee today, the committee voted to revoke all the remaining rental licenses held by Gregge K Johnson and Five Star General Construction. The final decision goes before the city council on Friday, November 13, but Johnson reportedly did not even show up for this hearing.
Pictured above is one of the more (in)famous Gregge Johnson properties...
1716 26th Ave N; the site of the drug house riots (labeled on this blog as such because it was not a neighborhood that was responsible for the riots). This area was reclaimed earlier in the summer with a new community garden:
However, the adjacent house owned by Johnson still sits vacant. The revocation of rental licenses is hopefully the first step in getting this property into the hands of someone who will turn it around into a bright spot in the community.
For JNS readers who want to savor every last procedural detail of shutting down a major slumlord in our neighborhood, click here for the PS&RS agenda; click here for the PS&RS request for committee action; and click here for the findings of fact.
City ordinances state that if a property owner has two rental licenses revoked in the span of one year, they lose licenses on all properties. The two revoked licenses for Gregge Johnson are 2616 21st Ave N and 1615 Girard Ave N. From city and county records, both of these appear to be in some stage of foreclosure already.
Here are the links to each property (besides the ones already linked above) with a recommended rental license revocation:
3940 4th Ave S
3325 5th Ave S
3607 Bryant Ave N
3811 Humboldt Ave N (no link available)
2222 McNair Ave
2621 Oak Park Ave N
3459 Oliver Ave N
1518 Park Ave
1819 Queen Ave N
2911 Sheridan Ave N
1639 Washburn Ave N
JNS readers are encouraged to share information about any addresses listed above (both in the comment section of this blog and also with your city council person). Already one person has said they remember the Girard property as being a major problem for neighbors, and shutting it down was a huge step in the right direction.
Jordan residents have gone to Gregge Johnson's housse to pickette because he's been such a slumme landlordde. Seriously, what the heck is up with the extra g and e on that name? Provided the city council upholds the recommendations of Public Safety and Regulatory Services, north Minneapolis will soon have seen the last of Gregge Johnson for a while. Losing two rental licenses in one year not only results in the loss of all licenses, but prevents one from getting rental licenses in the city for five years. It's a good sign how quickly his other properties have gone to foreclosure after revocation.
I've been at CM Hofstede's 3rd Ward CARE meetings and Johnson's name has come up repeatedly. And many of his properties are in Samuels' and Barbara Johnson's wards. It's no coincidence that all three north Minneapolis council members have (presumably) been reelected. Their tough stance on slumlords has brought great improvements to our communities in the midst of the foreclosure crisis. Keep up the great work NoMi council members!