- Published on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 16:04
- Written by Super User
By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
CAROLINA BEACH - The Town of Carolina Beach has been trying to contact the owner of 1105 Carolina Beach Avenue North for several years following condemnation in 2010. After a lengthy process with multiple hearings, the Town Council will consider issuing an order to demolish the structure at their upcoming September 17th, meeting.
According to Town Building Inspector Richard Lang, "The Planning Department is presenting an ordinance to have the house at 1105 Carolina Beach Avenue North demolished as a result of the owner, SZ of SC LLC, not abiding by the Town's Minimum Housing Ordinance."
Lang explained, "Staff has been communicating with the owners since the property was condemned on November 29, 2011, in an effort to have them either repair or have the house demolished."
He said state law has been followed, "in the posting, notification, conducting the hearing and the resulting order to take action. The owners have failed to follow the order to take corrective action. Once the house has been demolished, the Town will lien the property for the cost associated with the demolition in accordance with" state law.
If the Council adopts the ordinance at their September 17, meeting, the Town will hire contractors to perform asbestos investigation and removal and hire a contractor to remove the house and bring the lot back to predevelopment conditions. Additionally, the Town attorney will place a lien on the property for costs incurred to the extent that law allows.
New Hanover County would then go through a foreclosure process and place the property up for auction for the cost owed to the Town of Carolina
Beach. After the property is sold, the Town would be reimbursed for the lien placed on the property.
That cost is estimated at approximately $20,000.
The house was originally condemned in 2010 due to lack of water because service was turned off for unpaid water bills. A tenant moved out in 2010 and no one else moved in leading to the state of disrepair. Since that time numerous attempts to contact the owner and reach a resolution with financial institutions with an interest in the property have been unsuccessful.
The neighbors have complained on numerous occasions and after several years their patience is wearing thin.
A permit was applied for on April 26, 2012 to make repairs. That permit was issued. Work was never approved for compliance with the codes and the siding repair has since started to blow off creating a hazard for the neighbors.
The Council will consider the matter at their upcoming September 17th, meeting at 6:30PM at Town Hall in the Council meeting room.