Sandusky set to knock down three condemned houses

SANDUSKY Time has run out for three Sandusky houses. This week city commissioners app
jasonsinger
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

Time has run out for three Sandusky houses.

This week city commissioners approved the demolition of three condemned homes, located at 1432 Harrison St., 711 Decatur St. and 526 E. Madison St.

The project will cost $19,515 and will be funded using Community Block Development Grants.

According to the city's director of engineer services, Kathy McKillips, "these properties have been an issue for many neighbors over the years."

Earl Grothe, who lives near the Decatur Street home, said the neighborhood will be better off once the house is demolished.

"No one's lived there for awhile," he said. "But I've heard of drug buys and other unseemly things going on in there. ... It makes people around here nervous."

Herbst Excavation, a local company, will do the demolition work. Herbst bid $11,640, while none of the other seven bids were even below $13,000.

The rest of the cost includes inspection, advertising and other miscellaneous expenditures.

"It's a nice thing for the city to do," said Megan Knotts, whose sister-in-law lives near the Harrison Street home. "It's discouraging to keep your house up nice when the other houses around it are falling apart."