Property Maintenance Inspector Tim Spear issued a Housing Violation Notice on July 2, 2013 for the property located at 505 W Bradley. Follow up inspections resulted in no work being done to correct the violations. As the property has been vacant for several years and the owner has been unresponsive, Code Compliance Manager David Oliver issued a Vacant Nuisance Residential Building (VNRB) registration notice on October 2, 2013 requiring the owner to register the building with the City, consent to an interior inspection and provide a rehabilitation plan for the property. The notice required this to be complete by October 18, 2013. A second registration letter was issued on November 15, 2013. Lack of owner response resulted in a referral to the City Legal Department for lien placement for failure to register the property on December 18, 2013. Previous nuisance abatement actions taken by Code Compliance have already resulted in liens being placed on the property. The City Legal Department issued a notice to the owner regarding the failure to register the vacant nuisance building and also included a 15 notice of intent to seek a repair or demolition order through a litigation process. The legal notice was posted at the property by Oliver on January 22, 2014 as part of the publication process. On April 18, 2014, an Administrative Search Warrant was executed by Spear and an interior inspection was conducted. It was determined that copper plumbing and wiring has been removed, foundation walls are cracked and bowing, ceilings are damaged likely from a leaking roof and evidence of a rodent infestation was observed. The garage was found in a dilapidated condition and this was documented as well. On Friday, June 20, 2014, WCIA, as a result of neighbor complaints, aired a news story about this property. The link to the story is as follows:
Code Compliance is working with the City Legal Department on next action steps the City can utilize to abate the abandoned structure. While demolition is one option, the City is also looking at opportunities for rehabilitation of the principal structure.