EUREKA - At the Feb. 19 meeting, the city council did not take any action on the demolition of a house at 404 N. Main St. until the property owner is contacted to discuss creating a timeline to repair it.
The council has been spending resources dealing with the property and exploring options for demolition for several months and has been awarded a default judgment. While the town does not own the property, it does have the ability to demolish it and file a lien to recover costs when the lot is sold. The estimated cost of demolition is about $15,000.
According to local officials and neighbors, the property has been in a state of disrepair for a long time with holes in the roof, broken windows, as well as infestation of rodents and raccoons. Administrator Melissa Brown has been in contact with Eric Maderos of VinMak Asset Management Group, holder of the property. He stated they have own the property for approximately 18 months, but only have been able cleared to move forward with rehabilitation in the six to eight months.
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