After some protest Tuesday evening from one property owner, Columbus Council approved spending almost $114,000 to demolish 19 dilapidated houses around the city.
Lorenzo Brown, representing property owner Mattie Brown, asked council to give him more time to address problems with the property at 317 27th St. He claimed he did not receive proper notice that the property was in immediate peril.
City Attorney Clifton Fay assured councilors that proper notification and advertising had been done. Then Director of Inspections and Codes Greg Coates told councilors the house was in such a state it would be prohibitively expensive to bring it up to code.
Councilors then voted to demolish the houses. The houses and their owners are:
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2206 12th Ave., Bibb Rentals, LLC
317 27th St., Mattie L. Brown
813 Coolidge Ave., Community Bank & Trust
2319 6th Ave., Roy L. Culliver
812 35th St., Eunice White Dorsey
1309 Rose Hill St., 48 Hundred Corporation
42 Ross Ave., Willie James Grier
371 Bragg Smith St., Kinchen & Wilson Associates, LLC
807 Coolidge Ave., James H. Lily and Tywana Martin
23 30th Ave., Susie Mays
311 23rd Ave., Mid South Rentals, LLC
2707 9th St., Catherine Jordan Pugh and Mary Frances Currie
2008 3rd Ave., Clarence and Andre Smith
2321, 2323, 2325, 2327 6th Ave., Percy Tindall
3403 7th Ave., Percy Tindall
2807½ Baldwin St., T-Marie Enterprises, Inc.