The demolition order of the house at 108 N. Park Ave., Warsaw, has been put on temporary hold to give mortgage holders an opportunity to present a solution.
Warsaw Code Enforcement Hearing Officer Larry Clifford reset the hearing on the property for 1:30 p.m. Monday, July 20. The property was last owned by Phil Smith and has been a topic of discussion at code enforcement hearings since February.
William Hagg, a representative of Nationstar Mortgage, Springfield, Ohio, stated he was presented with the letter of the hearing and told to attend, to find out what the issues were. Clifford indicated if the company developed plans he would hear its intentions, but if representatives wanted to stall, “don’t waste my time.
“I’m inclined to order it demolished. The repair costs exceed the demolition cost,” said Clifford. While he stated his mind is not made up, he is interested in knowing what the mortgage company desires. Hagg stressed a detailed plan would need to be presented along with a timeframe.
“The point is, there needs to be something done,” said Clifford.
Additional evidence was presented during Monday’s hearing. Todd Slabaugh, building commissioner, reported a former owner contacted the planning department. The owner stated there was no dirt under the basement floor due to regular flooding, and there was foundation issues and asbestos siding under the existing siding.
Slabaugh stated during the winter, water was pumped out of the basement, which caused an “ice rink” on the street. Due to the the fact there has been no electricity to the home, a sub-pump has not been able to operate. It is unknown if there is structural or water damage to the foundation. A wash out under the basement floor was noted by the previous owner, which is speculated to have increased. Slabaugh has not been able to do an interior inspection.
Hagg, who has not inspected the property, inquired about the property and what it may take to rehabilitate the residence.
Slabaugh noted a demolition quote of $7,000 was received, but to rehabilitate the property would cost approximately $65,000, which would just bring the property to code. It was additionally noted soil samples may be needed as well as pilings placed under any slab or crawl space.
During other business the code violations against Raul Ramos, 202 S. Union St., Warsaw, was found in compliance and dismissed.