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October 23, 2013

Demolition of Jeffersonville home approved

Original request made in January

JEFFERSONVILLE — A home that has been on the potential chopping block for months in Jeffersonville has been given the green light to be torn down.

In January, Jeffersonville’s Board of Public Works agreed to give the property owner of a home in the 1600 block of Kehoe Lane a little more time to repair the property before it would be torn down.

But the issues with the city go beyond January. Issues began in 2009 when a fire burned down a garage on the property and the house was deemed unsafe and in violation of the city’s building codes. A lien was placed on the home after the city was forced to tear down the garage in October that year.

The city’s code enforcement office gave the homeowner a deadline of March 14, 2011, to begin repairs to the home, but no work had been performed when it was last inspected in February 2012. A request to demolish the home was subsequently presented at the January board of public works meeting.

Jeffersonville Planning and Zoning Director Shane Corbin said since the January meeting in which the board of public works gave the homeowner more time, no work has been done to the property. The property owner even came in and got a permit to tear the home down, but again, nothing has happened in 90 days.

“We’d like to go ahead and proceed with demolition of the home; we have demolition scheduled for this week,” Corbin said.

The board of public works did not have to take a formal vote to allow Corbin to proceed with the demolition, because the vote had previously been made when the time extension was granted. However, the board gave its blessing for Corbin to move forward with the destruction of the home.

SHOP WITH A COP FUNDRAISER

A request for street closures was approved for a car show Saturday, Nov. 2, that will raise money for Jeffersonville’s shop with a cop.

Public Works Director Rick Lovan presented the request, which was approved 2-0, with no city council representative present at the meeting.

The closures will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Seventh and Watt streets and Watt Street and Court Avenue. A rain date for the event has been set for Sunday, Nov. 3.

 

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