Friday, February 19, 2010

HPC Document About 1564 Hillside Ave. N. Is Highly Revealing...

Contributed Photo, blog post by John Hoff

Residents of the Jordan Neighborhood who live near 1564 Hillside Ave. N. have been wondering for years when the property will be torn down. The house was caught up in a high-profile mortgage fraud case involving Larry Maxwell, who now sits in prison.

Keith Reitman--slumlordius psuedo victimus--was the seller in that notorious transaction, and he sure loves to whine about it every time somebody pointedly mentions it.

Recently, JACC Vice Chair Kip Browne managed to obtain a very revealing Heritage Preservation Commission document which...

...is quite notable for its mention of how the property likely contains its "original windows." Click here for a PDF of that document.

To many of the movers and shakers in Jordan, this information about windows is significant because $5,000 came off the top of the fraudulent deal for "windows," as documented by a check and invoice.

Other interesting aspects of the document are as follows: the Heritage Preservation Commission wants to preserve the building even though the facts in the document don't appear to support that conclusion. Kip Browne believes the commission is "all hung up on the fact the house was built in 1885" and not looking at the rest of the facts about the property.

The document also notes "the property did contain a barn in 1890." It is described as possibly a "vernacular/ East Lake Queen Anne Cottage" which is apparently a euphemism for "Keith Reitman's crappy blue house that he managed to sell for way too much money to a guy with stolen identification."

Notably, the document says the integrity of the house is "questionable." This is actually GOOD NEWS for the residents of the 1500 block of Hillside Avenue. If a backhoe doesn't knock down 1564 Hillside Ave. N., hey, sounds like it might just fall over on its own.


4 comments:

Hillside Chronicles said...

Yeah...maybe a wolf could just huff and puff and blow it over...

Anonymous said...

The lender should give it back and let the former owner deal with the headache of tearing it down......

Anonymous said...

How did you get to see the Hud-1 on this transaction. Are both sides of the Hud-1 public and if so how does one get it? I can't even see the seller side on a house I bought.

la_vie_en_rose said...

It's too bad that it can't be saved. I bet it was a beautiful house once upon a time.