“We’ve used every tool in our toolbox in terms of warnings, assistance, and programs and bringing in third parties that might be able to help out. Ultimately the property owner was unable or unwilling to make the changes that needed to be made to the property,” Black says.
Black says a lien will be placed on the property for demolition costs that could reach $10,000. He says the city demolishes about 50 properties a year, most of them abandoned. Black says this is the first time in recent years the city demolished a home because of unsanitary and structural conditions.