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January 24, 2013

Jeffersonville property destruction delayed, for now

Six months given to make home inhabitable

JEFFERSONVILLE — A home that has been a blight on a Jeffersonville neighborhood for four years has six months to shape up or be torn down.

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 or it will be razed.

A demolition request for the home was presented to the board of public works at its previous meeting. The property has been deemed unsafe and in violation of the city’s building codes since 2009 when a fire burned down a garage on the property. A lien was place on the home after the city was forced to tear down the structure 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.

The board of public works held off on approving the demolition of the home at its last meeting because the homeowner, Angela Albertson, said she was getting ready to make repairs and no city inspectors had been inside the home for more than a year.

Jeffersonville Planning and Zoning Director Shane Corbin said he, Building Commissioner Russ Segraves and the city’s code enforcement staff have since toured the home.

Corbin said the home is not in danger of collapsing now, but it will be if repairs are not made to the structure.

“In its current state, if progress is not done on this property, it’s just going to end up falling in on itself,” he said. “As it is, it’s a public nuisance.”

Since the property was last inspected not much has changed. 

“I went in it last week and I hadn’t been in it since 2010,” Segraves said. “It looked basically the same way it did in 2010.”

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