Agenda Item ________
COLUMBUS CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENT

COUNCIL MEETING

September 23, 2014

Agenda Report #______________

TO: Mayor and Councilors

SUBJECT: Demolition of Derelict Buildings by City Contract

INITIATED BY: Development Resource Center - Inspections and Code
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Recommendation: Approve the demolition of nineteen (19) structures deemed unsafe under the City’s building ordinance, as priced by D.H. Griffin Wrecking Company, Inc. A chronology is attached for each structure.

Background: Upon routine investigation, Property Maintenance Inspectors made inspections of the properties, took photographs and wrote up the structures according to the unsafe building ordinance (Section 8-81 - 8-90 of the Columbus Code of Ordinances). Inspections and Code notified the owners of the hearings to be held, held hearings, and then mailed notices to the owners, giving them 45 days in which to demolish or to repair the structures.

Analysis: The following structures have been written up in accordance with the unsafe building ordinance and owners have received proper legal notice of the proposed demolition: 2317 5th Ave, Montgomery, 1517 25th St, Mitchell, 2720 Baldwin St, Ameris Bank, 1331 Winshire St, Jordan, 3039 Morehouse St, Walton, 2431 14th Ave., Watson, 2901 3rd Ave, Lentz, 6426 Buena Vista Rd, Harris, 2414 14th Ave, Antioch Baptist Church of Columbus, 4961 Gardiner Dr, Captive Investments, 3 Lafayette Dr, Gobbell, 333 27th St, Davis, 3331 8th St, Peabody, 2927 Colorado St, Pitts, 947 34th Ave, Jordan, 2327 B 5th Ave, Montgomery, 1417 25th St, Moore, 2325 Alford St, Gail, 2414 Courtland Ave, Roberts.

The only alternative to the City’s proceeding with the demolition will be for the owners to complete the demolition of the structures prior to approval by Council and affirmative action by the demolition company.

Financial Considerations: Demolitions under City contracts are funded by the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and the General Fund (0101-240-2200-6381). The City has signed an annual contract with D.H. Griffin Wrecking Company, Inc., to do all of the demolitions for the City. Upon completion of the demolitions, the City will pay D.H. Griffin with funds from CDBG and the General Fund and will file liens against the properties for the cost of the demolitions. These liens will have to be repaid to the City before the owners can sell the properties. The total estimated cost for this demolition project is $114,155.50.

Legal Considerations: All precautions have been taken to assure that the owners received proper notification of all actions by the City. The annual contract between D.H. Griffin Wrecking Company, Inc., and the City outlines the responsibility of Reaves in performing their work.

Recommendations/Actions: Approve the demolition of nineteen (19) structures deemed unsafe under the City’s building ordinance, as priced by D.H. Griffin Wrecking Company, Inc.