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January 17, 2013

Demolition delayed

Jeffersonville property in disrepair to be inspected

JEFFERSONVILLE — A demolition request for a home that has been deemed unsafe and in violation of the city’s building codes since 2009 was brought before the Board of Public Works Wednesday.

Jeffersonville Planning and Zoning Director Shane Corbin presented the request to tear down a home in the 1600 block of Kehoe Lane.

“The structure has been deemed unsafe by one of our building inspectors,” he said.

The process to condemn the home began in July 2009 when a fire burned the home’s garage. 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.

“It’s basically just a wood frame,” Corbin said of the structure.

The homeowner, Angela Albertson, was in attendance at the board of public works meeting Wednesday, however, and said she has flooring and siding to install and plans to make the other necessary repairs in order for the home to be inhabitable. 

Albertson said the home, which she inherited from her grandmother, fell into disrepair after it was sold to her niece who went bankrupt during the process of remodeling the home.

The home currently has no plumbing, electrical, ceilings or floors.

“If you do indeed have plans to rehab the home, bring it up to code and make it livable for human habitation ... you [need to] have a clear pathway and schedule of repairs that we are going to hold you to and not just let this property fall in on itself,” Corbin said.

But multiple complaints filed against the property and the lack of movement on repairs to the home caused board of public works members to be reluctant to dismiss the idea of demolishing the property.

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