Statesville Council to vote on condemnation for six properties

  

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PRESS RELEASE

Statesville City Council will consider the condemnation of six properties at their May 15 Council meeting. These six requests are at the top of a list of 20 properties currently in the condemnation process. Each property will have a separate public hearing, followed by a first reading. Planning Department Director David Currier will present photos and information to support the department’s requests for condemnation and demolition.

The properties are located at 928 Caldwell St., 1322 Fifth St., 725 Bryant St., 1131 Fourth St., 711 Fayetteville Ave., 1711 East Greenbriar Rd.

Condemnation involves several steps:

  • An inspection by the City’s Code Enforcement Officer to determine violations
  • A title search and notification of the property owners of the violations
  • An informal hearing with the Code Enforcement Officer to review the findings and determine property owner’s intent with the property
  • If no efforts are made to repair the property, the matter is brought to Council.

Once these steps are completed, the City contracts for the demolition. Currier said the City has budgeted $118,000 in this year’s budget for condemnation and demolition projects. He estimates that the average cost for the condemnation process and demolition of each property is $10,000.

The list was developed by Planning staff with input from the Statesville Housing Authority and City Council. The properties on the agenda Monday night are considered “the worst of the worst” according to Currier. He explained that they were fast tracked through the process because of their potential danger to public health and safety. Currier expects to bring 4-5 additional properties from the list to the June 5 meeting.

Other agenda items include:

  • A public hearing on the proposed 2017-2018 budget. It is anticipated that Council will set the dates for work sessions following the hearing.
  • A request to annex and rezone property on Sherlock Drive. This is to accommodate the construction of a medical facility.
  • A request from FAW Companies to allow a bond to expire. The bond was posted in 2001 in conjunction with the company’s construction of the Olde Statesville subdivision on James Farm Rd. and Hwy 21 to guarantee the installation of a street adjacent to the development. The street has not been constructed and the company is asking that the bond be allowed to expire so they no longer have to pay the yearly $10,000 renewal premium.
  • A request to approve additional construction and contingency funds for the I-77 rest area sewer project.

The Council meeting will be held in the council chambers of City Hall, 227 S. Center St. at 7 p.m. This is a public comment meeting which allows persons to sign up and speak about any matter not addressed on the agenda. The procedures for the public comment period can be found by entering “public comment” in the search box of the City’s website: www.statesvillenc.net. The meetings are televised live on Spectrum Cable channel 20.

The full agenda can be found on the City’s website: www.statesvillenc.net.

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