Pharos-Tribune

Breaking News

Local News

February 28, 2013

City prepares for 3 home demolitions

$140,000 more needed to tear down additional 4

A nearly depleted Unsafe Building Fund is forcing the city to only be able to take on three more demolitions, with four to follow as financing becomes available.

The three scheduled for demolition include 514 Wheatland Ave., 920 W. Miami Ave. and 1224 Spear St., based on the amount of money left in the fund. Bill Drinkwine, Logansport building commissioner, said he felt these three were in the worst condition and should be addressed first, adding an additional $140,000 would be needed to tackle the remaining four.

All seven of the property owners were issued two 10-day notices requiring them to appear at Logansport Board of Public Works and Safety meetings, which are held at 9 a.m. every Wednesday in the City Building.

View Properties to be demolished in a larger map

Drinkwine said he’s received signatures on five of these notices and has been in and out of communication with the owners.

Drinkwine said the desire to demolish these properties stems from a number of problems, including structural damage and lack of cooperation from owners.

“In my evaluation, each one of these properties doesn’t have enough value to put money into and then have a marketable commodity,” Drinkwine said.

The property at 214 W. Clinton Ave. is owned by Jeff Murray of Kokomo, who owns several properties in Logansport. Murray is currently facing legal consequences for the ongoing disregard of the properties he owns.

“There’s actually a tree growing up through the center of the house,” Drinkwine said.

Drinkwine went on to list the problems afflicting the other properties, which include a collapsed foundation, a caved-in roof and fire damage. Two of them are damaged in such a way that the interiors of the buildings are exposed.

As funding becomes available, the Logansport Building Department will begin demolition at the four remaining properties, which are located at 128 Wheatland Ave., 214 W. Clinton St., 529 Washington St. and 823 Race St.

The city has had as many as 80 properties on the condemned property list, according to city records. The council transferred $200,000 from landfill tipping fees last year to bolster the $50,000 it budgeted to address unsafe or condemned buildings. During talks of tearing down its first home in the 1300 block of Spear Street, city officials received a verbal estimate of $6,000 to tear it down, and it did the work for $3,000.

Mayor Ted Franklin said he has requested that Drinkwine prepare a report to present to city council in an effort to secure more funding.

“I think it’d be wise to inform council as to where we’re at and put together a report complete with pictures with everything we’ve done so far along with some photographs of these properties and the condition they’re in,” Franklin said.

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or mitchell.kirk@pharostribune.com.

For more on this story and other local news, subscribe to The Pharos-Tribune eEdition, or our print edition

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Police blotter: April 23, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 23, 2014

  • Mall mortgage up for auction The mortgage note for the Logansport Mall is scheduled to be sold at auction early next month. Foreclosure procedures for the mall began when lawyers for Algonquin State Bank, N.A., out of Algonquin, Ill., filed a complaint against the mall's owner -

    April 23, 2014

  • NWS-PT042314 Earth Day4.jpg Being kind to their mother: Lewis Cass students plant trees on Earth Day WALTON -- Weeks of planning came together Tuesday as students planted 22 trees on the grounds of Lewis Cass Jr.-Sr. High School in observance of Earth Day. Amy Densborn, a science teacher at Lewis Cass, wanted to plant the trees so that students in s

    April 23, 2014 5 Photos

  • NWS-PT042314 Bags.jpg Students collect 2,475 pounds of plastic bags The Cass County Solid Waste Management District now knows to be careful what you ask for. The district opted to again this year host its plastic shopping bag contest for area elementary schools in observance of Earth Day. Overall, the district recei

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Inmate sues for religious services at Miami County prison BUNKER HILL – A Native American inmate is suing the Miami Correctional Facility for violating his constitutional religious freedom after the prison last year terminated Native American worship services. Daniel Littlepage says in a class action lawsui

    April 22, 2014

  • Police blotter: April 22, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 22, 2014

  • NWS-PT042214 Indiana Beach Viper.jpg Monticello amusement park brings new thrills MONTICELLO -- Indiana Beach's first major steel roller coaster -- the Galaxi -- is being retired after 42 years. Don Hurd operated the ride as a park employee 35 years ago. "At that time, it was one of the biggest coasters around," he said. "It's one

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Southeastern school board reopens its search for a principal at Lewis Cass WALTON -- Southeastern School Corp. officials thought they had found their new principal for Lewis Cass Jr.-Sr. High School. The position was offered to a candidate, but he declined to accept it, Superintendent Trudie Hedrick reported to the school b

    April 22, 2014

  • No Headline Provided Guests will be able to climb into a carved-out pumpkin that will circle above Indiana Beach in one of the park's latest rides -- the Pumpkin Ferris Wheel.

    April 22, 2014

  • shelly maness Woman arrested in meth lab find MACY — A narcotics investigation led to the recent arrest of a Fulton County woman on several drug charges. Shelly Maness, 35, Macy, was arrested on two felony counts of dealing in methamphetamine, possession of meth, possession of an illegal drug la

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
More pharostribune.com
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' Obama to Oso: We'll Be Here As Long As It Takes Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

Should mushroom hunters be allowed to forage off-trail in Indiana state parks?

Yes
No
Undecided
     View Results
eEdition