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Plans made for buildings
14 structures to be razed or rehabbed this fiscal year

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer

All 14 dilapidated structures in Martinsville targeted for demolition will be torn down or rehabilitated this fiscal year, a city official expects.

One, in the 1000 block of Church Street, will be rehabbed by its owner. The owners of six others have told the city they will have their structures razed, Property Maintenance and Fire Inspector Andy Powers told Martinsville City Council on Monday during a southside neighborhood meeting.

A list that Powers supplied the Martinsville Bulletin shows the six structures are in the 700 block of Stultz Road, 500 block of Third Street, 100 block of Sellers Street, 100 block of Fishel Street, 1200 block of Fayette Street and 1000 block of Church Street.

The city has about $80,000 in its budget for fiscal 2013, which will end in June, to cover demolitions. With that money, the city intends to raze seven other structures, including the former Druid Hills Pool on Indian Trail.

The list of properties the city aims to demolish also includes structures in the 1000 block of Graves Street, 100 block of Askin Street, 900 block of Myrtle Road, 100 block of Sellers Street, 600 block of Third Street and 100 block of Summit Street.

Council members saw the southside structures while touring the area in a van Monday afternoon.

The city budgeted about $40,000 this fiscal year for demolitions. That will be combined with about $40,000 from last year’s budget that was reappropriated. Powers said the city could not tear down as many structures last year as it had hoped due to problems meeting some legal requirements and a lack of cooperation by some property owners.

This year, however, he said he expects “we’ll be done with the whole list finally.”

That will let city officials try and locate other structures needing to be torn down in the future because they either are unsafe or unsightly, he said.

The council met at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. During the meeting, council members heard concerns from southside residents about problems with illegal dumping and improper garbage disposal in their neighborhood, as well as problems with rental properties.

Council members said the city will try to find ways to curb those problems.


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