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Neighbors Frustrated About Property on Robinson

Posted: Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 at 6:30 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS News-Aaron Gernes

Neighboring property owners spoke last night about their frustrations regarding the property and property owner at 110 East Robinson Street. The location, which was nearly destroyed by fire in March, has been cited by the City as a dangerous building. The property owner, who had 14 days to demolish the building, requested a hearing yesterday in front of the City Council in which she and her lawyer both did not appear.

Kathy Caviness, owner of the neighboring Sundance Reality, says she would like the situation to be resolved as quickly as it can. Her property needs to repairs before her and her employees can move back in, and those repairs cannot begin until the neighboring property is demolished.

City Manager Harold Stewart says they are currently going through a court process to seize the property. He notes the property owner has not been cooperative in the past, and staff is not expecting a positive outcome through the hearing process. Though they’ve already shortened deadlines, City Attorney Bob Stuyvesant points out that seizing property through the courts is intentionally a drawn out process in favor of the property owner, and it’s hard to know when that process will be completed. After that, it would be up to the city to demolish the property.