Seven condemned buildings set for demolition in Sandusky

SANDUSKY When the owner of 1802 Putnam St. died several years ago, none of his heirs wanted the home
May 24, 2010



When the owner of 1802 Putnam St. died several years ago, none of his heirs wanted the home.

The owner of 228 Cable St. didn't pay taxes for more than a decade, and now CitiFinancial owns it.

The houses at 617 and 619 Taylor St. were too expensive to repair, so the owner is letting the city demolish them so she can build new houses.

These are among seven buildings in Sandusky that will be demolished later this summer, upping the city's total to 29 demolished houses since 2007.

Carrie Handy, the city's chief planner, said the condemned houses are an eyesore and safety issue, "and they bring down the property taxes of the other houses around them."

The city has 40-50 other condemned houses, and Handy said those numbers still don't encapsulate the entire problem.

"There's probably ones we don't even have condemned that need to go," she said. "Probably 100 is a realistic number."

The combined taxes owed on these properties are $26,217.07.

Houses can be condemned for structural purposes, no utilities or uncleanliness, Handy said.

It will cost $56,990 to demolish the seven buildings, paid for by Community Development Block Grant funds.

In addition to 619 and 619 Taylor, 1802 Putnam and 228 Cable, the city will also demolish 617 E. Market, 1217 Ransom and 727 Meigs St.

Although the city still would have to go through the foreclosure process to gain ownership of these properties, Handy said 1802 Putnam St. could be used for the land bank program, and 228 Cable St. has been discussed as possibly being used to expand Jaycee Park.

Handy said the houses on Meigs and Ransom streets could be given to neighboring properties to be used for parking if the neighbors wanted them. City officials have endorsed that idea because the city would be giving tax-delinquent parcels to taxpaying residents, and the off-road parking would clear space.

"The roads in some of those neighborhoods are tight," city manager Matt Kline said earlier this year. "It would be like we're widening the roads because there won't be any cars on the street."