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North Little Rock | Council condemns properties

Cleaning up North Little Rock dilapidated properties one lot at a time continued when the City Council convened on July 28.

Among the properties looked at to proceed with condemnation proceedings included:

1709 W. 16th St.

“The buildings and structures whose location is set forth are vacant and have become run down, dilapidated, unsightly, dangerous, obnoxious and unsafe, not fit for human habitation and detrimental to the public welfare of North Little Rock citizens and residents,” reads the resolution.

In a letter to Mayor Joe Smith from City Code Enforcement Officer Felecia McHenry, she told the administration, her office conducted an exterior inspection following receiving a notice of fire damage from the North Little Rock Fire Department. “The structure was determined to be unsafe for human habitation and was red tagged and owners of record were mailed notification,” said McHenry.

4813 Rogers St.

McHenry advised Smith that an external inspection was conducted in February and noted several Housing Code violations, broken/missing windows and unsecured doors.

“Officer Williams left notice at the house and also mailed notices to the owner of record,” McHenry said.

McHenry said the owner did respond by calling and stated he hadn’t been to the property for a while and that the city allowed people to break in and vandalize it. “He was advised that it was his responsibility to manage his own property, not the city’s,” McHenry said. In May, after there was no further contact, the city proceeded with condemnation procedures due to the condition of the structure.

1111 N. First St.

McHenry told the mayor she conducted an external inspection in March and found several code violations, including an un-kept yard, broken windows and unsecured doors. “The structure has exchanged hands several times over the years, rehab appears to have been started and stopped several times, but has never been completed,” according to McHenry.

In April, condemnation proceedings commenced and owners/heirs were given notice by the city for a July hearing date.

“The structure has been vacant since 1994 according to the utility account department,” said McHenry. She added that the property is considered to be a public nuisance and is unfit for human habitation.

1721 E. Second St.

On May 28, city code enforcement officers conducted an exterior inspection after receiving a notice of fire damage by the police department. “The structure was determined to be unsafe for human habitation and was red tagged and owners of record were mailed notification,” according to McHenry.

In June, the property’s owners called in and stated that due to illness they would not be able to have the structure demolished. The owners advised the city to move forward on whatever needed to be done.

“This structure has been vacant since May 2014 according to the utility accounting department. This property is considered to be a public nuisance and is unfit for human habitation,” said McHenry.

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