Thursday, December 13, 2012
Joe Moore Chastises The Villagers For Idle Speculation About The Old Ho.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, have any of you called my office? I know a number of neighbors have communicated with my staff assistant, Mike Land about this property and he's given them up-to-date information. Rather than spend days speculating about stuff on EveryBlock, why not just drop us a line at email@example.com or 773-338-5796?
This property has been on my radar screen for years. I've tried to get many a developer interested in this site, but due to a combination of the odd configuration of the lot and the inability of the owner to accept a reasonable offer, we've not been able to get this property in good hands.
The owner of the property has not been returning my calls since last spring. He is four years behind in paying his property taxes and the property went to a tax sale, but unfortunately the purchaser of the taxes backed out and vacated the sale.
The City does not have the power to seize and demolish a property unless that property has been abandoned, meaning it has no owner of record, or it is in a structurally dangerous condition. Here we are dealing with multiple buildings and up until recently, the City inspectors did not believe they qualified as a hazardous buildings. However, that may have changed as of late, and we have asked the city to take another look at whether any or all of the buildings qualify for demolition court.
You are still welcome to stop by and see me at the Jarvis station tomorrow morning. I'll have plenty of hot coffee on hand.
(Signed Joe Moore)