Monday’s hearing involved a property at 311 N. Ninth St., Goshen, owned by the estate of Daniel and Lois Stanley, both of whom are now deceased. Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. is currently listed as a leinholder on the property.

According to Steve Bice, residential building inspector for the city, the property was originally inspected on Sept. 5, 2017, and was found to have a number of violations related to the city’s Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance. The property was then reinspected Dec. 18, 2017, showing no signs of improvement, he said.

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“Upon inspection, we couldn’t enter the basement at all. There was at least five feet of water in that basement. And this is not really in one of our floodplains, so this is accumulated water from probably weeks and weeks before that has gotten into that basement,” Bice said of the current state of the home. “Due to the property being unsecured, it’s caused more deterioration to the house itself. We’ve got a lot of animals entering that house, and also looters. The house has been vacant for probably a couple of years now. So it’s in pretty sad shape.”

Given the extent of the listed safety issues, the home was found to be in violation of the city’s Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance and deemed unsafe for human habitation.

A motion was then passed to refer the case to the city’s legal and building departments for either demolition or receivership, depending on which choice is deemed most beneficial to all parties involved. A follow-up date of March 26 was then established during which the board will be updated on the status of the case.

Go the the ORIGINAL.

Editor’s note: If this is what it takes to move a derelict property, is it any wonder so many structures are simply left to rot in economically depressed areas?