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Abandoned homes a constant issue for city

February 24, 2013

PARKERSBURG — The city of Parkersburg took control of and demolished more than a dozen abandoned homes last year and more are on tap for removal in 2013....

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BakerKat

Feb-25-13 7:59 AM

They get training and we get crummy structures torn down for way less money - sounds like a win win to me.

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Itsnottolate

Feb-25-13 5:28 AM

Did somebody say something? Anyway, obviously the city is doing what they can with the money they have but my simple suggestion is to involve the guard which has been done before which would save the city a lot of money and get rid of more of these eye sores.

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Suttle

Feb-24-13 8:35 PM

Parkersburg needs an agressive demolition program for property that is not kept in order. Salt Lake City has a progressive property ordinance and there is literally no abandoned property issues. It is a model city that is most clean and tidy (no junky looking houses or businesses).

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hindsight

Feb-24-13 12:06 PM

I HIGHLY DOUBT THAT CANNABIS WOULD BE SPROUTING UP. THERE IS A COMMUNITY GARDEN ON CORNER LAIRD AVE.&E.12TH ST. IF IT WAS GOING TO POP UP IT WOULD BE THERE.

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IFHPED

Feb-24-13 10:56 AM

Depending on location, neighborhood, etc., once the house is removed, turn the lot into a local garden. Community gardens work in bigger cities, so I've read.

On the other hand, there is the dirtbag population to consider, as they would surely ruin a good thing.

Hmmmmm. Maybe it's not such a good idea after all for certain areas of the city. In some places, the bulldozers wouldn't be out of sight before poppies and marijuana would be sprouting.

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BakerKat

Feb-24-13 10:31 AM

Wonderful idea Itsnottolate! I picked up a "side yard" when they tore a house down in my neighborhood 25 years ago. It was a 30' lot so it wasn't much use to anyone else. Before they tore it down I could stand between the houses and touch both of them. Took a fire worry out of my way when they tore that dump down.

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gorilla

Feb-24-13 9:55 AM

Abandoned homes are breading grounds for rats and drug-addicts.

Good comments. Maybe the Mayor will take the advice.

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denver

Feb-24-13 8:23 AM

Why not offer to sale the abandoned property, once the house is demolished, to the adjacent property owner, "be it front, back, or sides" at a reduced place? Now the property owner has a bigger yard, and is keeping it up, and paying tax's on it, and his or her property is worth more. Instead of just setting there, costing the city money.

A Win, Win for the City, the property owner, and the whole community!

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Itsnottolate

Feb-24-13 8:15 AM

Dear City of Parkersburg and Mayor Newell, here is a public service announcement for you regarding these houses, I recently read an article, a few months ago, that in Huntington the city cooperated and worked with the national guard and removed like 70 condemned houses. I believe the city paid the disposal bill and did all the preliminary work such as asbestos testing and removal if necessary, then guard tore them down and hauled them and the city paid for the disposal. This would have cost that city lots and lots of money but they saved a lot by working with the national guard. The national guard is always looking for things to do to train their guardsman and to be seen by citizens to gain support. So the bottom line is, contact Major General Hoyer and request a sit down with him and see if you can come up with a plan. Good luck.

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Itsnottolate

Feb-24-13 8:09 AM

Frank, they cannot just auction them off because they do not own them yet. They can only hassle the owners and try to get them to either tear them down or fix them up.

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Frank99

Feb-24-13 1:02 AM

Have they ever considered a public auction starting at the minimum cost of the demolition in turn for the property's deed?

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