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City continues unsafe property hearings

by ANDREW CHRISTMAN - achristman@wabashplaindealer.com

The Wabash City Board of Works on Thursday heard from the owners of three buildings the City has deemed unsafe.

Building Commissioner John Stephens said the first property, located at 173 N. Huntington St., has been substantially cleaned.

Amy Osborn and Denice Blackburn, who are in charge of the property, told the board efforts have been made by cleaning the yard and repairing the porch. Plans for remodeling are also underway, as there is a desire to keep the property in the family.

Stephens said moving forward, windows will need to be secured, the front porch will need continued work and the chimney will need repaired. Osborn and Blackburn were instructed to provide Stephens with a schedule of what is planned to be completed by the end of the year within the next two weeks.

Cheryl Mettler, owner of 131 E. Maple St., said she hopes to sell the property. 

Stephens said Thursday that he believes the property can be saved, but that won’t be practical if it is not repaired soon. Mettler said she has covered broken windows but other repairs are too costly at this time. She is expected to meet with the Board of Works again to discuss the building in July.

The board also discussed the property located at 1575 Hawthorne St., which has been ordered demolished.

The board agreed to give the property owners 30 days to receive demolition quotes before the next meeting in July.